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    gparted not allowing resize

    Hey all--

    I'm trying to create a new partition on my hard drive to move my home directory to before clean installing Heron.

    The problem is that when I boot up on a live cd and use gparted it's not letting me resize the main partition or really do anything.

    Any ideas?

    For reference I'm using a daru2, currently running Gutsy, everything as per original setup when I bought it in November.

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Perhaps you first need to unmount the partition you want to resize (right-click - unmount)

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Thanks for the possibility, but I don't think that's the issue.

    I'm booting and running off the live CD--the partition I'm looking at never gets mounted, to my knowledge.

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    When you run gparted what are the filesystem types it lists?

    jdb

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    My guess: your DARU2 shipped with LVM (logical volume management). You would know this checking the output of

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    If you see a partition having filesystem "Linux LVM", then that would be the case.

    The official word from System 76 is that you cannot resize these volumes (you need to reinstall). That is not exactly true, it is possible to resize these, but that takes lot more effort (I have done it).

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Code:
    the partition I'm looking at never gets mounted, to my knowledge.
    Better check: it might be mounted anyway. You can tell with the command "mount".

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Quote Originally Posted by gaussian View Post
    My guess: your DARU2 shipped with LVM (logical volume management).
    And you got it in one.

    Okay, so my basic goal here is just getting /home onto a separate partition. Any ideas how best to go about that?

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Backup your home directory & do a fresh install of Ubuntu.
    Select manual for partitioning & set it up the way you want it, use ext3 partitions.
    Reload system76 drivers & restore your home directory.

    With the ext3 partitions gparted will do everything you want it to.


    jdb

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Backup your home directory & do a fresh install of Ubuntu.
    Select manual for partitioning & set it up the way you want it, use ext3 partitions.
    Reload system76 drivers & restore your home directory.

    With the ext3 partitions gparted will do everything you want it to.


    jdb

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    Re: gparted not allowing resize

    Let me echo what jdb said above with two caveats:

    1) I would consider waiting to install Hardy. DARU2 works currently much better with 64-bit Gutsy than any Hardy as far as I understand (hibernate, suspend etc). Someone correct me if I am wrong, I am still using Gutsy. The good people of System 76 are working the get these things fixed for Hardy.

    2) If you really don't want to do clean reinstall, you can do what I did. See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=714937 for ideas of what this entails. It is probably more work with significant risk of things going wrong and you having to do a clean install anyway.

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