Format extended partition?

Dave M DaveM at Mich.Com
Tue Sep 26 18:29:41 UTC 2006

At 12:13 PM 9/26/2006 , Tony wrote:
>On Tue, 2006-09-26 at 11:25 -0400, Dave M wrote:
> > I am a windows user, new to Linux/Ubuntu. My plan is to migrate to Ubuntu
> > if I can.
> >
> > I installed V6.06 and partitioned my 120Gb IDE drive with 8Gb for \ and 
> 2Gb
> > for swap. I set the remainder of the space (~101Gb) as an extended 
> partition.
> >
> > After booting and updating Ubuntu, I tried to access the extended
> > partition. It looks like the installer did not format that partition.
> >
> > So I clicked on "System-Administration-Disks" and selected 
> "Partitions-Free
> > Space" which I assume is the extended partition. It shows "Free Space not
> > partitioned" and shows 101.39Gb not avalable.
> >
> > But the buttons "Create" and "Delete" are grayed out. So how do I go about
> > formatting the extended partition?
>You can't put a files system in an extended partition. An extended
>partition is a container for logical partitions, so you need to create
>one or more logical partitions first. You may have to pick the manual
>partitioning option during the install.

I installed QTparted but it will not work. Looks like it is unhappy that I 
am not logged in as root. Can I use QTparted without being logged in as root?

I tried to set the root password by doing:

sudo passwd root

It seemed to accept the new password but I still can not log in as root. So 
what is the magic required to log in as root?

Dave M
Davem (at) Mich (dot) Com
Ann Arbor, Mich. USA

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