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

From: David Emerson
Subject: Re: unable to determine if part'ns mounted via /proc/mounts or /etc/mtab
Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2003 22:18:01 -0800

Hi Andrew,

Well I could have waited for your message the other day, but I got impatient 
and decided to just try the resize despite the warning, and it worked fine - 
then I got your message.

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

I will test this at some point, though now that I have the linux partitions 
installed, I suppose it may behave differently - I'll get back to you. My 
highest priority right now, though, is getting linux to recognize my network 

As for testing it, is there a way to hide the linux partitions from linux, so 
that parted will see a windoze-only partition as it did before?


At 02:43 PM 2/7/03, Andrew Clausen wrote:
>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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