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Back in 2006, Ray (3DLover) posted the same question in: but none of the answers were really useful. Now with a little help from AskUbuntu community, I would like to repeat his question again to see if this time it can be answered correctly.

So this is the question (and what I wish too):

I'm looking for a UI tool for managing partitions in a console. I have installed Ubuntu Server, so I don't have X Windows at all. fdisk and sfdisk are entirely command line. parted is slightly better, but it's not really a UI. cfdisk has somewhat of a UI, but it only works on one disk at a time, and there's no advanced options like configuring LVM or RAID. Just partitioning.

I love the partition tool that is available during the OS install procedure. You can partition, configure RAID's and LMV sets. It can format the partitions with several different file systems, it can set labels, mount options and it can insert your volumes into your fstab. Is this tool available as a stand-alone program? I can't find it anywhere. I think it's called parted_server, but I can't find much information about where to get it.

In the past, I have run the Ubuntu install procedure just to use the partition manager that comes with it. (canceling the install after making my partition edits)

Anyone help me on this? Thanks


Thanks in advance.

[Update] Use Case:

I manage some servers (dedicated rental service) in which I have no physical access to them (so no CD option) with multiple HDDs. I would like to be able to manage those drives (partition, RAID, LMV, etc), in exactly the same way I do when I install Ubuntu Server Edition in any other server (using the installation CD).

The installation CDs comes with that application, and I'm sure there should be a way to be able to install and execute that application in a running system (without requiring the CDs).

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So your asking for an ncurses gui that does everything the ubiquity installer does? Have you tried / used the debian installer (it's on the alternative ubuntu cd's) – balloons Feb 17 '12 at 22:16
Yes, I'm asking for a ncurses ui that does exactly what the debian installer do for manage drives BUT (as I already explained) without having to use the installation CD (that's includes of course the Alternative CD). I will add a use-case to the above description. – lepe Feb 20 '12 at 2:14
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Aha. Re-reading your post I see you mention what you think is the name of the utility, *parted_server*. A little googling for terms like 'parted_server, ubuntu server, ubuntu install partition program' and eventually I turn up this ancient page. It says the Ubuntu 6.10 installer uses partman. One google later I find partman is still the de facto Ubuntu installer partitioner, and is inextricably bundled with the ubiquity package. A reluctant apt-get install ubiquity later and partman is ready to run. It takes several seconds for partman to start, and I don't know how stable it is running outside of the install environment.

I downloaded the source for ubiquity thinking maybe I could yoink partman out. Haven't gotten very far, but I haven't tried too hard either. (Not a programmer, just a former slacker.)

Sounds like you know what you're doing, but thought I'd link to the Maverick manual partitioning guide for less experienced eyes.

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Thank you djeikyb for you answer but it is not what I'm asking for. I know many things can be done from command, but I really like that installation partition tool. I'm hoping someone knows a way to run it without having to use the installation disk (as I would like to use it remotely). Also, it is not just about RAID, but LVM, format options, file systems, labeling, and all the options that tool provides. Thank you anyway. – lepe Feb 14 '11 at 2:23
@lepe How's that for an overhaul? Also, haven't tested partman much, seeing as I have no RAID or LVM. – djeikyb Mar 17 '11 at 23:56
I owe you an apology. I think I misread your answer the first time and I didn't re-read it after you edited it. Actually your answer is exactly what I was looking for. "partman" is the application that is used during installation, and as you commented it seems quite unstable outside the installation environment. I just installed ubiquity and ran partman and there it was. However it looks garbed (not showing some parts correctly). I think I can let my question to rest now. Thanks for your answer! – lepe Feb 20 '12 at 2:36

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