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bug in GNU Parted

From: Nigel Wade
Subject: bug in GNU Parted
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 12:18:59 +0000
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While attempting to test parted return value (contents of $?) I got the following output:

# parted /dev/hdb  mkpart logical 55537 74020
You found a bug in GNU Parted. Please email a bug report to address@hidden containing the version (1.6.19), and the following message:

Assertion (metadata_length > 0) at disk_dos.c:1907 in function add_logical_part_metadata() failed.
Ignore/Cancel? c
Warning: You requested to create a partition at 55537.000-74020.000Mb. The closest Parted can manage is

The partition table at the time was:

# parted /dev/hdb print
Disk geometry for /dev/hdb: 0.000-114473.460 megabytes
Disk label type: msdos
Minor    Start       End     Type      Filesystem  Flags
1          0.031    109.819  primary   ext3
2        109.819  18583.000  primary   linux-swap
3      18583.000  37056.181  primary
4      37056.182 114470.969  extended
5      37056.212  55537.207  logical
6      55537.238  74018.232  logical

The OS is RHEL AS4.
Linux test.ion.le.ac.uk 2.6.9-34.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Feb 24 16:54:53 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

The parted package from RH is: parted-1.6.19-1.EL

The drive in question is a Seagate ST3120213A.

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
            University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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