linux – Some errors while installing Manjaro on a second disk (UEFI+GPT)

I want to install Manjaro on one HDD of my laptop with Windows 10 installed on an SSD. The other days I have installed Manjaro successfully on a removable SSD – when I plug it in my computer, Manjaro GRUB appears and I can freely choose Manjaro or Windows Boot Manager (the motherboard boot menu has a new entry with “EFI” string, meaning that the board can correctly detect the EFI partition on the removable media). But a similar partition plan applied to my HDD caused some errors:

  • There is no new boot entry. One entry with my HDD’s model name has no “EFI” string and it doesn’t boot up Manjaro.
  • After booting up Manjaro LiveCD and execute some commands like “grub-install”, there is one named “manjaro” on “efibootmgr” output results indeed. But it disappears after a reboot.

All the three disks has GPT partition tables.

The partition plan is as below:

SSD on laptop:

  • ESP, FAT16, Windows Boot Manager
  • NTFS*2

SSD removable:

  • FAT16, /boot/efi, with “boot” and “bios-grub” flags
  • FAT16, /boot, with “boot” flag
  • linuxswap, no mount point, with “swap” flag
  • ext4, /
  • exFAT, for daily use

HDD: Just replace the exFAT with three NTFS volumes. But the three use “/dev/sdb1” “/dev/sdb2” “/dev/sdb3” separately. The EFI volume uses “/dev/sdb5”.

Thanks for any help!

mac – Is it okay to create space on APFS synthesized disk to install windows without bootcamp?

Honestly I do not have enough reputation to comment on this post:

Step two in the above link says:

Create empty space on a drive. This space needs to be outside any APFS or Core Storage containers.

His command diskutil list shows:

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *536.9 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Chicken                 150.0 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
   4:                  Apple_HFS Turkey                  150.0 GB   disk0s4
   5:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s5

Mine shows:

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *240.1 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                 Apple_APFS Container disk1         239.8 GB   disk0s2

/dev/disk1 (synthesized):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +239.8 GB   disk1
                                 Physical Store disk0s2
   1:                APFS Volume JacOS                   40.2 GB    disk1s1
   2:                APFS Volume Preboot                 22.5 MB    disk1s2
   3:                APFS Volume Recovery                512.1 MB   disk1s3
   4:                APFS Volume VM                      2.1 GB     disk1s4

Continuing with the instruction will “absorb the free space” into a volume which is on an APFS container scheme, which is opposite of the instruction in step two because my volumes are on a synthesized APFS container scheme.

Does it matter that my volumes to “absorb the free space” is on a scheme and not a container disk?

I’m hesitant to experiment with container disks which contain the only OS.

Also, in step three, why does David resize disk1s4 instead of disk0s4?

Has that created the below result, which causes the identifier to reflect the number “1” after disk, even though it is reading off the internal physical disk “disk0”?

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        +536.9 GB   disk1
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk1s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Chicken                 150.0 GB   disk1s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk1s3
   4:                  Apple_HFS Turkey                  385.4 GB   disk1s4
   5:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk1s6

Does David create a virtual partition when resizing a volume by changing the numeral of the internal physical disk?
Am I to add a numeral to my “disk1s3” (the second to last volume in my container scheme) to be “disk2s3”?

I don’t understand and am I not sure how to proceed with the instructions.

I appreciate your answers.

I have MacOS High-Sierra 10.13.6 using an intel CPU and SSD drive.

Thank you.

boot – Disks reports “Disk is OK, 5439488 bad sectors”

That seems to me to be a helluva lot of bad sectors. This is an SSD, but I thought those things took care of hiding bad sectors without the operating system having to bother its pretty little head about them. Ubuntu 20.04 seems to be able to count these bad sectors, yet still announce that the disk is “OK”.

Is the disk “OK”? I been having mysterious error messages announcing that “Ubuntu 20.04 experienced an internal error” with the /var/crash report suggesting that the problem is (being detected by?) gnome-control-center. The system runs just fine following this error—until I reboot. On two occasions, a reboot after this error has failed completely, requiring a complete new install of 20.04. Rinse and repeat: a totally fine installation of Ubuntu until that same error message pops up again several days later. And the subsequent reboot fails.

Why does Disks declare a drive on which it is able to detect 5439488 bad sectors “OK”? I had assumed Disks was telling me “you’ve got an ageing SSD but it’s all under control. But if the bad sector count is responsible for the reboot failures (my assumption, not fact), why is Disks seemingly giving the SSD a pass?

My current working hypothesis is that the SSD is failing fast. The coping mechanism for addressing these failed sectors is running hard to catch up (those 5439488 bad sectors have properly been taken care of) but new failed sectors are now appearing frequently enough for Ubuntu to “experience an internal error” resulting in reboot failure (but still allowing me to spend time writing this particular posting before I do the reboot). Would this make sense?

Does the team agree that this laptop needs a new SSD?


disk encryption – Protecting a pass-phrase with the TPM and associating it with a file state

Is there a way to associate the state of an arbitrary file to a tpm2 PCR value? I want to seal a secret pass-phrase onto the tpm and I want the tpm to be able to unseal it only if the file is not tampered with. I read through a related article in the link which talks about protecting the boot process using the tpm. I understand that different platform configuration registers are allocated to a state of components like BIOS, BIOS configuration, MBR, etc. However, I want to create a pcr policy that will control the access of sealed pass-phrase on TPM2 based on the checksum of a file. But I don’t know how to create it. Please help me understand if this is possible.

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raid5 – Add disk to QNap Raid 5

I have a QNap TS-569 Pro configured with Raid 5 of 4 hard drives of 1 Terabyte each.
It has 5 disk slots and I want to increase the size of the Raid of another Terabyte.

Reading the manual seem pretty easy operation, but I have a doubt. After adding the new hard drive to the raid, the QNap will rebuild the raid.
During this time (usually it’s pretty long), can I access the data? Or would it be unavailable until the synchronization process finishes?

disk utility – Secure erased drive – always one file can be found

I’ve been going through some old HD drives, secure erasing before sending to recycle. I periodically run Disk Drill over one of them, just to make sure I’m doing the job right.

No matter whether I do the ‘quick’ secure or the full-blown two day multiple run, Disk Drill always manages to find one plist file… apparently the same file each time, or very similar. It appears to be some drive spec & prefs.

Could this be something to do with the EFI partition, generated as part of the new format, rather than anything left over from the old? I honestly can’t think of any reason it should always be able to find this & nothing else – oddly, even if the drive was previously NTFS. All the secure wipes are to GUID/HFS+, whatever they were formatted before. EFI is my only logical conclusion.
This is on Mojave, as can be seen from info in the plist file below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
        <string>2021-07-17 3:41:10 pm +0000 3</string>
    <string>Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G9216)</string>
    <string>Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G9216)</string>
            <string>Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G9216)</string>
            <string>Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G9216)</string>

Windows Server – how to shrink partition on GPT disk from the front?

I’m looking for a way to shrink a partition on a GPT disk from the front on production servers.
With diskpart it’s only possible to shrink the space from the end.
Ideally while running

filesystems – LVM: Problems in adding disk to an existing Logical volume

I have a disk under a Logical Volume.

$ lvdisplay
  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Path                /dev/vg_prod/lv_prod
  LV Name                lv_prod
  VG Name                vg_prod
  LV UUID                mXj3Qv-t0GK-4idW-mRBA-17Nb-PSPK-Roulf3
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                <3.64 TiB
  Current LE             953797
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     auto
  - currently set to     256
  Block device           253:1

Now, I want to add a new disk to extend the volume. The disk is attached through the USB interface.

$ fdisk -l /dev/sdg
Disk /dev/sdg: 3.65 TiB, 4000752599040 bytes, 7813969920 sectors
Disk model: Game Drive
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

When I try to add it to extend the volume, I get the error.

$ vgextend vg_prod /dev/sdg
Devices have inconsistent logical block sizes (4096 and 512).

So I started to change the logical sector size for /dev/sdg to 4096.

$ fdisk -b 4096 /dev/sdg

When I print the partition table in fdisk, I do see the logical sector size as 4096.

Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.34).
Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.

Device does not contain a recognized partition table.
Created a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0xf4a7867a.

Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sdg: 3.65 TiB, 4000752599040 bytes, 976746240 sectors
Disk model: Game Drive
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xf4a7867a

When I create a partition, write changes, and list. It goes back to showing 512 as logical sector size.

Command (m for help): n
Partition type
   p   primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)
   e   extended (container for logical partitions)
Select (default p): p
Partition number (1-4, default 1): 1
First sector (256-976746239, default 256):
Last sector, +/-sectors or +/-size{K,M,G,T,P} (256-976746239, default 976746239):

Created a new partition 1 of type 'Linux' and of size 3.7 TiB.

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered.
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.
$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdg

Disk /dev/sdg: 3.65 TiB, 4000752599040 bytes, 7813969920 sectors
Disk model: Game Drive
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xf4a7867a

Device     Boot Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sdg1         256 976746239 976745984 465.8G 83 Linux

Is there a way to change my disk to have logical sector size 4096 so I could add it to the existing storage that I already have?