Michal Moskal malekith at
Wed Oct 3 17:08:39 CEST 2001

On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 03:38:21PM +0000, Linus Swälas wrote:
> So I tried and I conquered. Not. =)
> There seems to be a problem with the installar that I can't understand. I don't
> know how parted works but to me it seems a bit buggy. This is what happens when
> I run installer (after setup of course).
> /bin # installer
> Validation complete, config is OK
>     Mounting /dev/hdb on /src type iso9660
>     Loading ide-mod
>     Loading parted-pkg
>     Loading ext2-pkg
> *** Checking existing partitions
> !!! Creating new msdos label failed!
> /bin #
> Trying the offending line (in the beginning in /bin/installer-dest, a function
> called create_new_label_if_not_exist or similar) on the command line directly
> reveals:
> /bin # parted -s /dev/hda print
> Error: Invalid argument during seek for read on /dev/hda
> /bin #

This has happen to few people. We're working hard for solution. I'd be
very happy if you checked
It's static binary. If it works (even with your old linux distribution)
we will put it on next iso.

> So, I suspected some kind of error with my partitioning so I booted up my old
> linux installation and ran fsck on all partitions, all checked out ok, tried
> fdisk /dev/hda, everything seems fine. Dumped the partition tables and checked
> them by hand, still looks fine. So, fdisk from util-linux won't complain but
> parted does.
> I don't know parted, don't even know what it's trying to do when it want's to
> create a new msdos label in my mbr.

The message might be misleading, since when it didn't recognise msdos label
(it's partition table used on most PCs, even on my linux-only box :),
it tries to create new one. However as parted seems not to work with your
disk, script is confused.

> That just seems odd to me. I've also
> specified use_existing in the config so why does parted bother? Of cource after
> checking your script, parted is necessary for the script to figure out and build
> a table of the existing partitions, am I right? Do you have a solution or
> workaround for this problem? And why create a msdos label?

It only needs parted print (which dumps partition table).

> If you'd like I can send you a dump of the partition tables, doubt that it would
> help you though..

I guess it won't help me,  please try parted from url I gave you.

Thanks for your feedback.

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