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Re: bug reporting is not easy enough

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: bug reporting is not easy enough
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 18:32:00 +0200

Jon Bendtsen wrote:
> If you want more bug-reports, you should make it easier to find out if there 
> are duplicates. Searching for the word bug in my browser window at 
> http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/parted/ reveals no link, no nothing.
> Anyway, here is the bug report, treat it as you wish:
> address@hidden:~/extra1tb# parted /dev/sdaf
> GNU Parted 2.3
> Assertion (last_usable <= disk->dev->length) at 
> ../../../libparted/labels/gpt.c:718 in function _parse_header()
> failed.

Thank you for the bug report.
This mailing list is a fine place to send it --
in fact, this is the preferred place.

At first glance, I think you will encounter the same problem
even using parted-2.4, which I released just yesterday:


Would you please send me the first 34 sectors of that disk?
I.e., if you run this command

  dd if=/dev/sdaf of=sdaf-gpt-header count=34

I'd appreciate a copy of the sdaf-gpt-header file it creates.
That should give me enough information to recreate and debug
the problem.

Actually, with what you've provided, I could probably
construct a GPT header that would provoke the same
failure, but this way is probably significantly faster.

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