Back in 2006, Ray (3DLover) posted the same question in: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=309680 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).