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#1 2007-12-25 10:54:05

RyeCatcher
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Registered: 2007-12-25
Posts: 5

Installation problem with partiton structure

Hi.

I'm trying to set up Archlinux on an Asus V6J with 1G RAM from the Arch Linux 2007.08 ("Don't Panic") CD.
This is my existing partition setup.

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system  Flags
1      32.3kB  6440MB  6440MB  primary   ntfs
2      6440MB  14.0GB  7518MB  primary   ext3
3      14.0GB  23.6GB  9656MB  primary   ext3         boot
4      23.6GB  80.0GB  56.4GB  extended
11      23.6GB  25.8GB  2155MB  logical   linux-swap
5      25.8GB  36.5GB  10.7GB  logical   ntfs
6      36.5GB  47.2GB  10.7GB  logical   ntfs
7      47.2GB  58.0GB  10.7GB  logical   ntfs
8      58.0GB  63.3GB  5371MB  logical   ntfs
9      63.3GB  68.7GB  5363MB  logical   ntfs
10      68.7GB  80.0GB  11.3GB  logical   ntfs

I have a WinXP installation in 1 and Ubuntu 7.06 in 3.
While trying to install Arch in 3, i'm encountering the following error with the partition tool (cfdisk):
FATAL ERROR: Bad logical partition 11: enlarged logical partition overlap

I could find a similar topic but that does not say how the problems are to be dealt with.
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=273748
Running the parted command check as was done in the mentioned topic yields similar results.
as the "check 2" commands reports Error: File system has an incompatible feature enabled.

Do i need to make changes to the partition structure?

Thanks
Abhik

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#2 2007-12-25 10:55:46

RyeCatcher
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Registered: 2007-12-25
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Re: Installation problem with partiton structure

Here's a log of a TestDisk session i ran after encountering the error...............hope it helps.

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Tue Dec 25 15:23:12 2007
Command line: TestDisk

TestDisk 6.8, Data Recovery Utility, August 2007
Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
http://www.cgsecurity.org
Linux version (ext2fs lib: 1.39, ntfs lib: 9:0:0, reiserfs lib: 0.3.1-rc8, ewf lib: 20070512)
Failed to set locale, using default 'C'.
disk_get_geometry BLKGETSIZE64 /dev/hda number of cylinders 16383 !=  9729 (calculated)
Hard disk list
Disk /dev/hda - 80 GB / 74 GiB - CHS 9729 255 63, sector size=512
Disk /dev/hdb - 37 MB / 36 MiB - CHS 2 255 63 (RO), sector size=2048

Disk /dev/hda - 80 GB / 74 GiB
Partition table type: Intel

Analyse Disk /dev/hda - 80 GB / 74 GiB - CHS 9729 255 63
Geometry from i386 MBR: head=255 sector=63
NTFS at 0/1/1
NTFS at 3133/1/1
NTFS at 4438/1/1
NTFS at 5743/1/1
NTFS at 7048/1/1
NTFS at 7701/1/1
NTFS at 8353/1/1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=30
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=8 nbr=8
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=16 nbr=4
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=32 nbr=2
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=64 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=128 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=240 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=30
Current partition structure:
1 P HPFS - NTFS              0   1  1   782 254 63   12578832
2 P Linux                  783   0  1  1696 254 63   14683410
3 * Linux                 1697   0  1  2870 254 63   18860310
4 E extended              2871   0  1  9728 254 63  110173770
5 L HPFS - NTFS           3133   1  1  4437 254 63   20964762
   X extended              4438   0  1  5742 254 63   20964825
6 L HPFS - NTFS           4438   1  1  5742 254 63   20964762
   X extended              5743   0  1  7047 254 63   20964825
7 L HPFS - NTFS           5743   1  1  7047 254 63   20964762
   X extended              7048   0  1  7700 254 63   10490445
8 L HPFS - NTFS           7048   1  1  7700 254 63   10490382
   X extended              7701   0  1  8352 254 63   10474380
9 L HPFS - NTFS           7701   1  1  8352 254 63   10474317
   X extended              8353   0  1  9728 254 63   22105440
10 L HPFS - NTFS           8353   1  1  9728 254 63   22105377
   X extended              2871   0  2  3132 254 63    4209029
11 L Linux Swap            2871   2  1  3132 254 63    4208904
Ask the user for vista mode
Computes LBA from CHS for Disk /dev/hda - 80 GB / 74 GiB - CHS 9730 255 63
Allow partial last cylinder : Yes
search_vista_part: 1

search_part()
Disk /dev/hda - 80 GB / 74 GiB - CHS 9730 255 63
NTFS at 0/1/1
filesystem size           12578832
sectors_per_cluster       1
mft_lcn                   2507434
mftmirr_lcn               7832114
clusters_per_mft_record   2
clusters_per_index_record 8
   D HPFS - NTFS              0   1  1   782 254 63   12578832
     NTFS, 6440 MB / 6142 MiB

recover_EXT2: s_block_group_nr=0/56, s_mnt_count=4/33, s_blocks_per_group=32768
recover_EXT2: boot_sector=0, s_blocksize=4096
recover_EXT2: s_blocks_count 1835008
recover_EXT2: part_size 14680064
   D Linux                  783   0  1  1696 201 56   14680064
     EXT3 Large file Sparse superblock, 7516 MB / 7168 MiB

recover_EXT2: s_block_group_nr=0/71, s_mnt_count=3/30, s_blocks_per_group=32768
recover_EXT2: boot_sector=0, s_blocksize=4096
recover_EXT2: s_blocks_count 2357538
recover_EXT2: part_size 18860304
   D Linux                 1697   0  1  2870 254 57   18860304
     EXT3 Large file Sparse superblock Recover, 9656 MB / 9209 MiB
   D Linux Swap            2871   2  1  3132 254 31    4208872
     SWAP2 version 1, 2154 MB / 2055 MiB
NTFS at 3133/1/1
filesystem size           20964762
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               1310297
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           3133   1  1  4437 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
NTFS at 4438/1/1
filesystem size           20964762
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               1310297
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           4438   1  1  5742 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
NTFS at 5743/1/1
filesystem size           20964762
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               1310297
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           5743   1  1  7047 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
NTFS at 7048/1/1
filesystem size           10490382
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               655648
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           7048   1  1  7700 254 63   10490382
     NTFS, 5371 MB / 5122 MiB
NTFS at 7701/1/1
filesystem size           10474317
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               654644
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           7701   1  1  8352 254 63   10474317
     NTFS, 5362 MB / 5114 MiB
NTFS at 8353/1/1
filesystem size           22105377
sectors_per_cluster       8
mft_lcn                   4
mftmirr_lcn               1381586
clusters_per_mft_record   -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
   D HPFS - NTFS           8353   1  1  9728 254 63   22105377
     NTFS, 11 GB / 10 GiB
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=17
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=8 nbr=4
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=16 nbr=3
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=32 nbr=2
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=64 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=128 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=240 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=17

Results
   * HPFS - NTFS              0   1  1   782 254 63   12578832
     NTFS, 6440 MB / 6142 MiB
   P Linux                  783   0  1  1696 254 63   14683410
     EXT3 Large file Sparse superblock, 7517 MB / 7169 MiB
   P Linux                 1697   0  1  2870 254 63   18860310
     EXT3 Large file Sparse superblock Recover, 9656 MB / 9209 MiB
   L Linux Swap            2871   2  1  3132 254 63    4208904
     SWAP2 version 1, 2154 MB / 2055 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           3133   1  1  4437 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           4438   1  1  5742 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           5743   1  1  7047 254 63   20964762
     NTFS, 10733 MB / 10236 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           7048   1  1  7700 254 63   10490382
     NTFS, 5371 MB / 5122 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           7701   1  1  8352 254 63   10474317
     NTFS, 5362 MB / 5114 MiB
   L HPFS - NTFS           8353   1  1  9728 254 63   22105377
     NTFS, 11 GB / 10 GiB

interface_write()
1 * HPFS - NTFS              0   1  1   782 254 63   12578832
2 P Linux                  783   0  1  1696 254 63   14683410
3 P Linux                 1697   0  1  2870 254 63   18860310
4 E extended LBA          2871   0  1  9729 254 63  110189835
5 L Linux Swap            2871   2  1  3132 254 63    4208904
6 L HPFS - NTFS           3133   1  1  4437 254 63   20964762
7 L HPFS - NTFS           4438   1  1  5742 254 63   20964762
8 L HPFS - NTFS           5743   1  1  7047 254 63   20964762
9 L HPFS - NTFS           7048   1  1  7700 254 63   10490382
10 L HPFS - NTFS           7701   1  1  8352 254 63   10474317
11 L HPFS - NTFS           8353   1  1  9728 254 63   22105377
simulate write!

write_mbr_i386: starting...
write_all_log_i386: starting...
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 2871/0/1,lba=46122615
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 3133/0/1,lba=50331645
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 4438/0/1,lba=71296470
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 5743/0/1,lba=92261295
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 7048/0/1,lba=113226120
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 7701/0/1,lba=123716565
write_all_log_i386: CHS: 8353/0/1,lba=134190945

TestDisk exited normally.

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#3 2007-12-25 16:04:44

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Posts: 2,045

Re: Installation problem with partiton structure

Your XP is in the very first partition and works? Then get rid of all other partitions and think of a sane setup, 1 gig for swap, 10 for / and the rest for /home or so.


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#4 2007-12-25 16:41:36

RyeCatcher
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Registered: 2007-12-25
Posts: 5

Re: Installation problem with partiton structure

Thanks for your suggestion but i'm afraid i really don't understand why you'd suggest me to do that.
My existing XP and Ubuntu installations work very well and i do not see any reason to mess with them. I want to install Arch in the 2nd partition. That's all.
What do you mean by a sane setup? Please explain.
All i have is 4 primary partitions and a few logical ones, this is a perfectly reasonable setup. I fail to see what this particular partition structure has to do with the installation issues.
And, 2G of swap had been allocated as every Linux installation instruction manual advises to set swap size to twice the physical RAM.

Thanks

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