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

From: Andrew Clausen
Subject: Re: unable to determine if part'ns mounted via /proc/mounts or /etc/mtab
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 09:43:59 +1100
User-agent: Mutt/1.4i

Hi David,

On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 11:45:53PM -0800, David Emerson wrote:
> 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)

Oh, that's odd...

> I encountered the error message that Andrew Clausen and Juan Pedro 
> Vallejo were discussing here:
> http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-parted/2002-12/msg00078.html
> 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)
> Ignore/Cancel?

Does "cat /proc/partitions" do anything reasonable?

> 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 )

Yes.  Think of this partition mount check as a safety catch...
it just means you'll have to make your own judgement without
any hints from Parted.


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