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bug#25198: bug: assertion (metadata_length > 0) failed

From: Rauno Viskus
Subject: bug#25198: bug: assertion (metadata_length > 0) failed
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:09:57 +0200



parted -l

crashes with

Backtrace has 15 calls on stack:
  15: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(ped_assert+0x44) [0x7f58e0393644]
  14: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x20b26) [0x7f58e03a6b26]
  13: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x120aa) [0x7f58e03980aa]
  12: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(ped_disk_add_partition+0x263) [0x7f58e03989a3]
  11: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x20405) [0x7f58e03a6405]
  10: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x204a0) [0x7f58e03a64a0]
  9: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x204a0) [0x7f58e03a64a0]
  8: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x2043f) [0x7f58e03a643f]
  7: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(+0x21555) [0x7f58e03a7555]
  6: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libparted.so.2(ped_disk_new+0x48) [0x7f58e03985c8]
  5: parted() [0x407769]
  4: parted() [0x4069cf]
  3: parted(main+0x11b2) [0x405f82]
  2: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xf5) [0x7f58dfb88b45]
  1: parted() [0x405fc7]

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Assertion (metadata_length > 0) at ../../../libparted/labels/dos.c:2313 in
function add_logical_part_metadata() failed.

As much as I found searching aroud mentioned about partitions needing at least a sector in between eachother for metadata - is that it? Weird thing is that everything worked before I removed my Windows partition from the gap in between sda1 and sda3.

Output of fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 238.5 GiB, 256060514304 bytes, 500118192 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x9a232254

Device     Boot     Start       End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sda1  *         2048   3074047  3072000  1.5G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       397805566 485435391 87629826 41.8G  5 Extended
/dev/sda5       397805568 436865023 39059456 18.6G 83 Linux
/dev/sda6       436867072 466163711 29296640   14G 83 Linux
/dev/sda7       466163712 485435391 19271680  9.2G 82 Linux swap / Solaris


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