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Re: ver. 2.2 probe_partition_for_geom() failed

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: ver. 2.2 probe_partition_for_geom() failed
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 09:45:11 +0200

Sergei Vorobyov wrote:
> trying to install several versions of Linux on an SSD (Verbatim 64GB
> ExpressCard) I systematically fail somewhere in the partitioning stage.
> Ubuntu and OpenSUSE (latest versions) do not report any details, just
> hanging (reading all disks, this can take a while), but Mandriva ended
> up with:
> A bug has been detected in GNU Parted.
> Email to (your address) containing
> version 2.2
> assertion (head_size<=63) at dos.c:659
> in function probe_partition_for_geom() failed.
> It appears the the GNU docs for parted doesn't even mention SSDs, and
> the bug-parted does not have a searchable index.

You can search the list here:


> Maybe this issue has been already resolved.

That assertion is still in the code.

If you send (to this list) a copy of the first few sectors of your disk,
I should be able to reproduce and diagnose the problem.
If your troublesome disk is /dev/sdc, you would run this:

    dd if=/dev/sdc count=64 > disk-sectors

Then attach the disk-sectors file to your reply.

Also, please show us what this prints:

    parted -s /dev/sdc u s print free

assuming it gives anything other than the above.

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