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Old 10-02-2003, 08:20 PM   #1
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Question Linux fdisk will not run!

Hello, I am new to Linux (3 days) but want to learn.

I installed RH8 to the secondary ide drive (6GB) on a PIII machine also running W98SE on the primary ide drive (12GB). The install went fine with no problems. Both OS boot (Linux from a boot floppy) and run correctly but I can't get Linux to "see" my extended partition on the primary (W98SE FAT32 w/ two partitions D: & E: ) drive. Linux can find the hda1 partition but not the others.

When I tried to use fdisk (Linux) to see what the partitions looked like I got a "command not found" error! I tried the whereis fdisk command and it is where it is suppose to be in /sbin/ . I have tried to run it (as root) from the / and /sbin/ locations and others, too; but it still is "command not found". I may be able to figure out my mount problem for the extended partition if I could get fdisk to work...

Any suggestions???

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Old 10-02-2003, 08:26 PM   #2
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As root, try "/sbin/fdisk" from anywhere or in the /sbin directory, try "./fdisk"

"/sbin" is not in your regular user or root's path (for security purposes) so you have to either call the file with the full path name "/sbin/fdisk" or be in "/sbin" and indicate "this directory" with the "./"

Old 10-02-2003, 10:24 PM   #3
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The following are the results of trying again...

[root@Inteva sbin]# fdisk
bash: fdisk: command not found
[root@Inteva sbin]# cd /
[root@Inteva /]# cd ./
[root@Inteva /]# fdisk
bash: fdisk: command not found
[root@Inteva /]# cd sbin
[root@Inteva sbin]# fdisk
bash: fdisk: command not found
[root@Inteva sbin]# /fdisk
bash: /fdisk: No such file or directory
[root@Inteva sbin]# whereis fdisk
fdisk: /sbin/fdisk /usr/share/man/man8/fdisk.8.gz
[root@Inteva sbin]#

What should I try next???
Old 10-02-2003, 10:27 PM   #4
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try showing us the output of this:
ls -al /sbin/fdi*
Check to see if the fdisk file is executable... if not, try chmoding it to executable...
chmod +x /sbin/fdisk
Then try running it again.
Old 10-02-2003, 10:32 PM   #5
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Something you haven;t tried:
[root@Inteva sbin]# ./fdisk
you are in the /sbin directory and do ./fdisk
or you can do
from anywhere.
Old 10-02-2003, 10:35 PM   #6
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Now I've got it...

[root@Inteva /]# /sbin/fdisk

Usage: fdisk [-l] [-b SSZ] [-u] device
E.g.: fdisk /dev/hda (for the first IDE disk)
or: fdisk /dev/sdc (for the third SCSI disk)
or: fdisk /dev/eda (for the first PS/2 ESDI drive)
or: fdisk /dev/rd/c0d0 or: fdisk /dev/ida/c0d0 (for RAID devices)
[root@Inteva /]# /sbin/fdisk -l /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 1653 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 510 4096543+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 511 1653 9181147+ f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 511 1020 4096543+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda6 1021 1653 5084541 b Win95 FAT32
[root@Inteva /]#



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