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Old 05-22-2001, 12:33 AM   #1
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Why doesn't fdisk work for me?

I am using Red Hat Linux V7.0.
Was logged on as root and issued fdisk command
# fdisk -l /dev/hda
Bash says no such command exists
I issued a whereis command and found fdisk, I think in the sbin directory.
What's going on?

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Old 05-22-2001, 04:25 AM   #2
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on the commandline type w/o quotes "man fdisk" itll give u the manual.
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What if you try to type it with the full path... like /sbin/fdisk .....
Old 05-22-2001, 08:15 PM   #4
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fdisk problem

I have read the man page and tried to use fdisk accordingly. Every time I issue the command, bash comes back and tells me the command does not exist. I did a "whereis" and found fdisk in the /sbin directory. I cd'd to sbin and issued the command "fdisk -l /dev/hda", also "fdisk -l". In both cases I get "bash: fdisk: command not found".
I am issuing the command as root in the /sbin directory.

I have rebooted and tried again with same results.

Is there any reason why this command is not working? Something else needs to be tweaked first? I have inadvertantly set some flag somewhere?
Old 05-22-2001, 09:29 PM   #5
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I've found that the path in Linux does not work the same as in Dos. In Dos the command processor looks first at the directory you are in. In Linux, I've found that it may not look at the current directory at all. So, changing to sbin may not have done anything.
/sbin/fdisk ...

Old 05-22-2001, 10:27 PM   #6
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By default the '.' (current directory) is not in root's path. Try typing the command 'echo $PATH' and I'm sure you will not find a '.' in there. You can add the '.' to you path with the command:


or you can add /sbin to your path:


or, as others suggested either type the full path /sbin/fdisk or if you are in the directory you can type ./fdisk

Happy partitioning


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