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Parted hates my partition table, can't update to Fedora Core

From: William Studenmund
Subject: Parted hates my partition table, can't update to Fedora Core
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 16:45:30 -0700

In the process of updating a RedHat 7.3 system to Fedora Core, I discovered that parted doesn't like my partition table, and so I can't update. The machine triple boots Linux, NetBSD, and Windows, so wiping the partition table isn't an option.

Also unfortunately, parted's error message is not illuminating. It complains, "Error: Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition." It neither tells me what constraints are at issue, nor how it can't satisfy them. Even when I ask it to just print a partition, it gives that error complaint. "help" is the only parted command I've found that doesn't report an error, though I didn't try all the command options. ;-)

The partition table was worked on by both the NetBSD and Windows partitioning tools, then I used Disk Druid under RedHat 7.3 to finish partitioning. Linux's main file system is in the primary partition table, and its swap and var (and since this is a Dell, the Dell startup partition) are in extended partitions. For some reason, Disk Druid made one extended partition, then sub-partitions which were also extended, then put these last three partitions in there.

I do know that the NetBSD partition doesn't end on a cylinder boundary, but I really don't care.

I'd appreciate any help in getting this working.

As per the documentation, I'm appending the output of fdisk /dev/hda -l, interactively using fdisk to get the partition and expert partition tables, and a hand-copy of parted's output.


Take care,


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