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Error when labeling a partition type when one does not already exist...

From: Ronald W. Henderson
Subject: Error when labeling a partition type when one does not already exist...
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 22:21:20 -0500


I am using GNU Parted 1.8.1 on fedora core 5. I have a 256MB thumb drive
nn initial partition label.

address@hidden ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 262 MB, 262144000 bytes
9 heads, 56 sectors/track, 1015 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 504 * 512 = 258048 bytes

Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

address@hidden ~]# parted -s /dev/sda print
Error: Unable to open /dev/sda - unrecognised disk label.

If I try to label with parted it throws an error. My workaround is to
label first with fdisk and then subsequent changes to the partition
label with parted is ok...

address@hidden ~]# parted -s /dev/sda mklabel msdos;

You found a bug in GNU Parted! Here's what you have to do:

Don't panic! The bug has most likely not affected any of your data.
Help us to fix this bug by doing the following:

Check whether the bug has already been fixed by checking
the last version of GNU Parted that you can find at:


Please check this version prior to bug reporting.

If this has not been fixed yet or if you don't know how to check,
please visit the GNU Parted website:


for further information.

Your report should contain the version of this release (1.8.1)
along with the error message below, the output of

        parted DEVICE unit co print unit s print

and additional information about your setup you consider important.

Error: SEGV_MAPERR (Address not mapped to object)Aborted

---Ron Henderson

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