Introduction to parted

The Parted package is a disk partitioning and partition resizing tool.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

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Parted Dependencies


LVM2 (needed for device-mapper, required if building udisks), pth, and texlive (or tl-installer

User Notes:

Installation of parted

If you want to build without device mapper support, a fix is necessary:

patch -Np1 -i ../parted-3.2-devmapper-1.patch

Install Parted by running the following commands:

sed -i '/utsname.h/a#include <sys/sysmacros.h>' libparted/arch/linux.c &&

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static --disable-device-mapper &&
make &&

make -C doc html                                       &&
makeinfo --html      -o doc/html       doc/parted.texi &&
makeinfo --plaintext -o doc/parted.txt doc/parted.texi

If you have texlive installed and wish to create PDF and Postcript documentation issue the following commands:

texi2pdf             -o doc/parted.pdf doc/parted.texi &&
texi2dvi             -o doc/parted.dvi doc/parted.texi &&
dvips                -o doc/  doc/parted.dvi

If you wish to run the test suite, first remove a test that normally fails in BLFS (because it needs a locale C.UTF-8):

sed -i '/' tests/Makefile

To test the results, issue: make check. Note that many tests are skipped if not run as the root user.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/parted-3.2/html &&
install -v -m644    doc/html/* \
                    /usr/share/doc/parted-3.2/html &&
install -v -m644    doc/{FAT,API,parted.{txt,html}} \

If you generated the optional PDF and Postscript documentation above, intstall the documentation by issuing the following command as the root user:

install -v -m644 doc/FAT doc/API doc/parted.{pdf,ps,dvi} \

Command Explanations

sed ...: Add a header to allow building with glibc-2.28 or later.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--disable-device-mapper: This option disables device mapper support. Add this parameter if you have not installed LVM2.


Installed Programs: parted and partprobe
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/parted and /usr/share/doc/parted-3.2

Short Descriptions


is a partition manipulation program.


informs the OS of partition table changes.

contains the Parted API functions.

Last updated on 2018-11-09 11:58:23 -0800