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kpachopoulos 04-28-2006 01:15 PM

cannot create ext3 filesystem: no such device or address
i am using sarge. I have created with fdisk partitions:
/dev/hda9 for /boot
/dev/hda10 -> /
/dev/hda11 -> swap

In the previous partitions there is another Debian installation. However, mke2fs -j /dev/hd9 and 10 gets me with "no such device or address while trying to determine filesystem size". I've found a couple of things in the net, but couldn't be applied in my situation.

camorri 04-28-2006 01:28 PM


mke2fs -j /dev/hd10to11 gets me with "no such device
I'm guessing, it should be '/dev/hda10'

I don't think you can create a ext3 file system for swap. Swap gets its own file system.

You may want to look into getting a copy of G-Parted live CD. You boot the system with it, and the whole partitioning and formatting process is handled graphically. Seems to work well.

kpachopoulos 04-28-2006 01:33 PM

Sorry i meant /dev/hda9,10. :( Changed it.

johndoe0028 04-28-2006 02:55 PM

I don't think you can pass arguments in that way (correct me if I'm wrong).

Try doing each partition separately.

mke2fs -j /dev/hda9
mke2fs -j /dev/hda10

PS: If the way you had done it the first time works, then I have been wasting a lot of time!

farslayer 04-28-2006 03:45 PM

I had a wierd situation earlier with debian (sid), it wouldn't allow me to creat ext3 file systems so I formatted the partition ext2 then converted them to ext3

mke2fs /dev/hda9
tune2fs -j /dev/hda9

this worked fine, it just refused to create the journal when it formatted the drive.. I have no idea why..

davo666 04-27-2007 09:35 PM

hi, how did you actually change it from ext2 to ext3???


farslayer 04-28-2007 01:55 AM

his second command tune2fs -j /dev/hda9

the -j mean s to create a journal. basically the only difference between ext2 and ext3 is that ext3 has a journal.

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