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Re: error scripting parted using the mkfs command

From: Nathan Boettcher
Subject: Re: error scripting parted using the mkfs command
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 08:50:51 -0700 (PDT)

Actually, that doesn't help at all.  If I'm going to use 1.8.8 and go through 
the hassle of upgrading the system utilities, I need to KNOW that it has the 
appropriate fixes in it.  Otherwise it is pointless and wastes my time.  My 
original questions still stand.  Also, one new question, if parted doesn't 
create the partition tables correctly, why use parted only???  Then you still 
have a broken image that you couldn't mount for squat.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Granados" <address@hidden>
To: "Nathan Boettcher" <address@hidden>
Cc: address@hidden
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2009 4:10:02 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: error scripting parted using the mkfs command

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:44:16PM -0700, Nathan Boettcher wrote:
> I have been trying to use parted to help automate the creation of a disk 
> image that I can then write to a card/disk/etc.  I use sfdisk to partition 
> the image due to parted's inability to update/create the partition table (or 
> at least I can't figure out how to do it with parted)...part of which is the 
> disk geometry that's needed.  Then I am trying to use parted to set up an 
> ext2 filesystem on the first partition.  Here's an abbreviated example:
> 1) dd if=/dev/zero of=test.dd -> create an empty image that we can then 
> partition and fill
> 2) sfdisk ... test.dd -> creates 2 partitions, both set to ext2
> 3) parted -s test.dd mkfs 1 ext2 -> an attempt to make an ext2 filesystem on 
> partition 1
> Problem is, parted throws the exception that it's going to destroy the data 
> and aborts the operation rather than continuing due to the -s flag.  I have 
> tried every way I can think of to throw a confirmation to parted so it will 
> continue and create the filesystem, but it just won't do it.
> Can someone tell me why it's failing and how I can get it to work?  I've been 
> searching and hammering on this for 2 days already.  I am using parted 1.8.5 
> as it is the only one that will compile on the linux system I'm using.  If 
> this issue is fixed in a later release, I can see about upgrading the 
> dependencies.

I'm guessing you should update to 1.8.8, current release.  That has a
bunch of fixes.  You should update and create the partitions with
parted.  _only_ the partitions.  For filesystem related stuff you should
use utilities like mkfs.ext2 and relatives.

hope it helps.

> Thanks,
> -Nathan
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Joel Andres Granados
Brno, Czech Republic, Red Hat.

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