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gray53 07-31-2009 06:21 PM

GParted won't partition flash drive -- can't get past "set disklabel"
 
It's 117MB. I'm trying to make one ext2 partition to install Puppy, but I haven't been able to get past "set disklabel" in GParted. Any ideas?

GrapefruiTgirl 07-31-2009 06:41 PM

Gparted generally gives output back to the user, either in the GUI, or in a console if Gparted was started from there.
Have you got any error messages you can give us?

Also check the /var/log/ syslog or kernel.log or after trying the Gparted thing, type: dmesg | tail and give us that output.

Thanks,
Sasha

gray53 07-31-2009 07:07 PM

I did not get any error messages from the GUI.

Quote:

Also check the /var/log/ syslog or kernel.log or after trying the Gparted thing, type: dmesg | tail and give us that output.
I am still learning how to use the console. This makes no sense to me and did not work when I tried it (bash: /var/log/: No such file or directory)

Also: I used a different flash drive and was able to get to the stage where you select the size and type of the partitions to be created. However, when I tried to create the partitions I got an error message pointing me to this website

I followed the directions on the website, only to get the "no such file or directory" error.

Sigh... like your signature, btw!

linus72 07-31-2009 07:12 PM

LOL

yuo using puppy gparted?

or ubuntu?

whats 117mb
the partition?


you gonna use grub?
extlinux?

GrapefruiTgirl 07-31-2009 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gray53 (Post 3627187)
I did not get any error messages from the GUI.



I am still learning how to use the console. This makes no sense to me and did not work when I tried it (bash: /var/log/: No such file or directory)

Also: I used a different flash drive and was able to get to the stage where you select the size and type of the partitions to be created. However, when I tried to create the partitions I got an error message pointing me to this website

I followed the directions on the website, only to get the "no such file or directory" error.

Sigh... like your signature, btw!

Sorry, I'll be more concise:

look in /var/log/ with your file browser, and identify the syslog file, and the kernel log file. These files will be where any interesting stuff will appear when doing an operation such as using Gparted on a device.

There are lots of ways of examining the files for the results of the disk operation you are doing. Here's a good way:

Assuming that your syslog file is named 'syslog' then in a console, as root user, type:

tail -f /var/log/syslog

and the console will now FOLLOW (that's the -f option) any new entries in the syslog file, displaying them line by line in the console. Now, while you have this going on, try doing your Gparted stuff, and see what appears on the tailing console.

The other suggestion I gave, using dmesg, will give similar but not necessarily exact same information. So, to see the last stuff trapped by dmesg (which is basically a command to see what's in the kernel's ring buffer (whatever that is)) type in a console:

dmesg

or

dmesg | tail # to just see the last few entries.

In the first section above where I tell you about 'syslog', there is also 'kernel.log' or whatever it's exact name is. This will ALSO give you similar information, though again, not necessarily exactly the same, as the other two methods.

Cheers!

Sasha

GrapefruiTgirl 07-31-2009 07:38 PM

PS - thanks re: the signature (assuming you mean the software design bit); I 'borrowed' it off some other person on some other forum I was on the other day :D because I liked it too.

Sasha

gray53 08-01-2009 08:10 AM

Quote:

yuo using puppy gparted?

or ubuntu?

whats 117mb
the partition?


you gonna use grub?
extlinux?
I am using Puppy GParted to create an ext2 partition that takes up an entire 117mb-marketed-as-128mb flash drive. Umm, I guess I'm using GRUB (haven't got that far yet!) Right now I'm just experimenting until I get more RAM for my oldest computer.

Quote:

PS - thanks re: the signature (assuming you mean the software design bit); I 'borrowed' it off some other person on some other forum I was on the other day because I liked it too.
lol!

linus72 08-01-2009 08:13 AM

I asked because I read somewhere that puppy gparted is twiggy and don't work right

Ubuntu's gparted, gparted livecd/usb both work good for me

you got ubuntu or gparted live?

easy to put gparted live on usb too

gray53 08-01-2009 08:15 AM

Yawn.. I shouldn't be on the computer this early in the morning. btw, how do you respond so fast? Do you get the instant email alerts or what?

linus72 08-01-2009 08:21 AM

I'm jamming on AOL radio, and getting ready to punish the HD again today:)

LOL
I'm gonna try again today to make slackware live...

you can format the usb thru terminal and label it too

try

Quote:

mke2fs -L label /dev/sdxx
where label is what you wanna label it, and sdxx is your usb

forme, my usb is sdb1, and I wanna label it "DSL"

Quote:

mke2fs -L DSL /dev/sdb1
why do you wanna label it anyway?
something to do?:)

GrapefruiTgirl 08-01-2009 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gray53 (Post 3627598)
Yawn..btw, how do you respond so fast? Do you get the instant email alerts or what?

Were you asking me this? If so..

1) I'm here a lot. Chances are good, if my machine's on, LQ's on a browser tab.
2) No, I don't use email alerts.
3) Checking your 'Subscribed Threads' page will show you threads in bold to which a new post has been added.
4) Also I recommend trying the 'LQ Spy' feature (look in the menu to your right) which monitors posts to LQ in real-time.

:)
Sasha

linus72 08-01-2009 08:25 AM

OH
you know what?

you might not have enough ram to even run gparted...

what do you got
64mb?

damn, that's like a crackhead trying to smoke a speck:)

gray53 08-01-2009 08:40 AM

Quote:

you might not have enough ram to even run gparted...

what do you got
64mb?
I have:
a laptop w/ 4GB RAM running Vista
a desktop pc w/ 1GB RAM (came w/256)running XP Home and Ubuntu
a desktop pc w/ 64MB RAM (and about to have 512MB RAM) running nothing
Quote:

Were you asking me this? If so..
oh, sorry, I was asking linus72 but whatever... I'll try LQ Spy if I don't fall aslee49edddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd


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