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I am running GParted with a live CD 11.04. Since it's a long job the screen goes into power save mode. When I move the mouse the screen comes back but the display is black and the cursor looks like the editing cursor (I shape). I think the process is still running because I can see the HD light blinking. It's been more than a day that the process is running so I was wondering if there is a way to know the status because the black screen with the editing cursor looks like a freeze. Is there a way to refresh the screen?


In a terminal Ctrl+Alt+1 I ran the command sudo fdisk -l and for the HD I partitioned I got:

/dev/sdb1 * 1 120901 971128832 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2  120901 121538 5118976 5 Extended 
/dev sdb3  121538 121602 513024 83 Linux
/dev/sdb5  120901 121538 5117952 82 Linux swap / Solaris

The partitioning I asked for was:

Primary of around 950 GB (don't remember the exact number)
Extended for the swap of 5 GB

I feel that GParted is done but I want to make sure before rebooting the system. What do you think?

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GParted can take a very long time to complete. I just resized a partition on a new computer and it took more than 24 hours. I am not that knowledgeable in this area but I would suggest to wait till the HDD activity ceases and see if the GParted window is no longer black then. I mean, if the data on the partition is valuable to you it makes sense to take the time to wait. – N.N. Jul 21 '11 at 14:54
I'll wait for sure, the HD activity is a good sign. I was just asking because I have to get status update on the process. – Sydney Jul 21 '11 at 15:04
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There was no HD activity anymore and with the result of sudo fsidk -l. I decided to reboot the system and everything is working. So GParted actually finished the job.

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Try using iotop to see if the blinking hdd is actually meaningful or not. Also, htop is good to see if gparted has any child processes running.

I don't think gparted actually does anything, it just runs other processes, but I don't know this for sure.

In case you're not aware, you can definitely install packages on the livecd all you want.

sudo apt-get install iotop
sudo apt-get install htop
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