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unable to determine if part'ns mounted via /proc/mounts or /etc/mtab

From: David Emerson
Subject: unable to determine if part'ns mounted via /proc/mounts or /etc/mtab
Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 23:45:53 -0800

Hi there,

Don't know if this is a bug, but it's bugging me! And an hour's web scouring 
hasn't found me any helpful info or other lists to post to...

I am trying to resize a windoze partition for my first installation of linux. 
(ok, I did specify the disk-filling partition myself, but I didn't know I was 
going to get into linux.) Using Parted 1.6.4  (I d/l'd two disk images, 
partboot and partroot, from gnu)

I encountered the error message that Andrew Clausen and Juan Pedro Vallejo were 
discussing here:


Warning: Unable to determine if partitions are mounted via
/proc/mounts or /etc/mtab.  Make sure you don't attempt to resize or
modify mounted file systems.  (Even read-only mounted)

Of course, Andrew's comment makes sense in this context:

> Just because you know it isn't the root device doesn't mean you know
> it isn't mounted, right?

But it's unclear whether this message display is erroneous in my case.

Mark Stone advises in the unofficial Debian Install guide 
http://www.debian.org/releases/potato/installguide/ that "You may see some 
warning messages appear when running parted [...] In our experience, these 
warnings can safely be ignored." But I don't think he was referring to warnings 
that say "Make sure you don't attempt to resize..."

So, shall I go ahead and ignore the warning and resize the windoze partition? 
(yes, I have backed up my stuff but I don't have a windoze image :P )


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