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ext2 parted floppy

From: John Belmonte
Subject: ext2 parted floppy
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 15:38:18 +0900

>From the USER manual section 1.5:

Unfortunately, the boot disk doesn't support a very wide range of hardware.
If your hard disk isn't supported, then:
(1) Boot off the Parted boot disk.
(2) Insert another (formatted) floppy disk.
(3) Mount the floppy disk. ("mount -t ext2 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy" or
"mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy")
(4) Copy /sbin/parted to the floppy.  ("cp /sbin/parted /mnt/floppy")
(5) Copy /lib/* to the floppy.  ("cp /lib/* /mnt/floppy)
(6) Unmount the floppy.  ("umount /mnt/floppy")
(7) Find a boot disk that DOES support your hard disk.  (Hint: try looking
for rescue disks from various distributions on big mirror sites)
(8) Boot off your rescue disk.  Mount the disk you copied Parted onto.
(9) Run Parted:
    # cd /mnt/floppy
    # LD_LIBRARY_PATH=. ./parted

The process described is rather involved, and I didn't have success with it
(a shared library exception occurs when I run the "resize" command).  It
also doesn't take into account that there are many symlinks in /lib
resulting in wasted disk space with just a normal cp.

My suggestion is to provide a statically linked version of parted for
download in addition to the bootable image.

Should the gnuparted team not be willing to do this, others may find useful
the instructions for building such a binary at

-John Belmonte

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