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no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install [solved]
« on: November 25, 2007, 09:04:38 pm »
Hi,

I am new to the forum and am also relatively new to Linux so please bear with me if I make terrible mistakes.
I have just installed LinuxMCE from the quick install DVD. Not 100% smooth as I was going for a dedicated core so had to fight past LMCE's need to start the media station. This done I added some more hard drives to the system. All well and good, detected fine and recognised in the KDE System Settings Disk and File panel.
Ok so now I need to fdisk them and this is where my problem starts.
When I try to run fdisk (cfdisk, sfdisk or other flavours) I am told that I need to install the util-linux package. Ok, the handy hint tells me the sudo apt-get command I need so I run that. Apparently my util-linux is fully up to date..... so why then do I not have any fdisk. At the point I would normally have turned to the install DVD and run it from there but I have used all the IDE channels on my machine with hard drives and no longer have a DVD connected after the install.
Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong.
Thanks in advance

« Last Edit: December 12, 2007, 11:13:08 am by mungler »

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2007, 11:25:02 pm »
I woudl suggest you install from the CDs rather than the DVD. The DVD is a snapshot of a particular system and is less configurable for OS setup issues.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007, 10:38:32 pm »
Ok, but it does seem odd that this functinality not be included on the DVD. The ability to add storage to your core/md's is one of the essential tasks that WILL happen as you digital media library grows. Hopefully this will be remembered when the next quick install dvd is made.

Unless anyone else has any other idea's. I'll raise it in the feature requests to be sure.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007, 12:57:14 pm »
The system was originally made to be installed on a preconfigured computer with next to no alterations after install.
Could be from that time?

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007, 02:27:39 pm »
Ok, but it does seem odd that this functinality not be included on the DVD. The ability to add storage to your core/md's is one of the essential tasks that WILL happen as you digital media library grows. Hopefully this will be remembered when the next quick install dvd is made.

Unless anyone else has any other idea's. I'll raise it in the feature requests to be sure.

just wanted to confirm that fdisk is part of the lmce-0704 DVD install... so it should be there and ready for you ;-)
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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007, 02:09:13 am »
fdisk !IS! available is you boot from the DVD into recovery mode. however if you boot into the normal system (sans DVD) the machine will swear blind that fdisk is not there. I'm not a linux guru so I may be missing some simple setting somewhere, but I have tried various methods of invoking fdisk on the DVD installed system and have had no joy.
I have now started on the 2 cd install so won't be able to try anything further on this so consider this for information only.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2007, 06:26:43 am »
That is likely because you need to be root to use fdisk, hence it is not in the default path of the average user.
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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2007, 10:47:18 am »
sudo apt-get install qtparted
gksu qtparted

(correct me if i am wrong about gksu)
if you can handle the instabillity of it :)

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2007, 05:19:19 am »
sudo fdisk works fine from my dvd install if you omit sudo it says fdisk is not installed.



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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2007, 11:12:39 am »
excellent, thanks

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2007, 11:35:27 am »
sudo fdisk works fine from my dvd install if you omit sudo it says fdisk is not installed.
this is something 'us windows guys' have no clue about, I can definitely relate to these problems.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install [solved]
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2007, 01:05:49 pm »
i think even 'linux guys' should expect a "permission denied" message rather than a "not installed" message in this case.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install [solved]
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2007, 03:09:13 pm »
I think "linux guys" are usually aware that you need root privileges to partition a disk.
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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install [solved]
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2007, 03:07:02 am »
hey zaerc, do you have a penis where your nose should be? because you're a dick head.

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Re: no fdisk on linuxMCD quick DVD install [solved]
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2007, 03:10:59 am »
hey zaerc, do you have a penis where your nose should be? because you're a dick head.
If I had then I would be a dick-nose instead now wouldn't I?  :D
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