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    Default Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    So yeah, I'm running an OpenSUSE 13.1 v 3.11.10 on an HP EliteBook 8570w(intel core i7, nvidia quadro graphics with proprietary driver). I've installed it recently and it still has some unresolved issues. One of the things I've noticed from the start was that the Gnome would freeze once in a while, for 10-20 seconds or so, which wasn't that dramatic and probably has a fix somewhere. What is dramatic, however, is that today I've decided to run gparted to create a new partition to share with my windows boot(resizing win, making a new ntfs) and after 5 min or so the gnome suddenly just died. It still shows update notifications and gparted slider is moving, i can wiggle my mouse pointer, etc., but other than that it's completely unresponsive and it's been stuck like this for an hour by now. And I can't just restart because I'm afraid I'd screw up my win partition. Is there a way out of this predicament?

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    Default Re: Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    Ok, nevermind:

    Switched to terminal using ctrl+alt+f1, listed all processes using top command and killed the gnome-desktop process by pid. By the way is there a more graceful way to do this? And is there a way to fix this issue for good?

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    josephkk NNTP User

    Default Re: Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    On Wed, 14 May 2014 15:26:01 GMT, ptitz <ptitz@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org>
    wrote:

    >
    >Ok, nevermind:
    >
    >Switched to terminal using ctrl+alt+f1, listed all processes using top
    >command and killed the gnome-desktop process by pid. By the way is there
    >a more graceful way to do this? And is there a way to fix this issue for
    >good?


    Well yes there is. First be very thoughtful about what partitioning you
    are doing. Second use PartedMagic bootable CD whenever you contemplate
    portioning a disk. Triply so if you are considering resizing any
    partition for any reason.


    ?-)


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    Default Re: Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    On 2014-05-20 05:54, josephkk wrote:
    > On Wed, 14 May 2014 15:26:01 GMT, ptitz <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Ok, nevermind:
    >>
    >> Switched to terminal using ctrl+alt+f1, listed all processes using top
    >> command and killed the gnome-desktop process by pid. By the way is there
    >> a more graceful way to do this? And is there a way to fix this issue for
    >> good?

    >
    > Well yes there is. First be very thoughtful about what partitioning you
    > are doing. Second use PartedMagic bootable CD whenever you contemplate
    > portioning a disk. Triply so if you are considering resizing any
    > partition for any reason.


    Just don't run a desktop that tries to do clever things with partitions
    like mounting them before they are fully created.

    I have noticed this being worse recently. I use XFCE, and while I have
    not seen crashes or anything close to what the OP reports, I do see the
    system trying to mount those partitions and making a fool of himself.

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    Default Re: Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    Quote Originally Posted by josephkk View Post
    Well yes there is. First be very thoughtful about what partitioning you
    are doing. Second use PartedMagic bootable CD whenever you contemplate
    portioning a disk. Triply so if you are considering resizing any
    partition for any reason.


    ?-)
    Agreed. Or use GParted from a boot disk or from a liveCD/DVD.

    DO NOT use the partitioner from within a running system for dealing with the disk the running system is on, unless you know EXACTLY what you are doing.
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    Default Re: Gnome froze in the middle of disk partitioning

    On 2014-05-21 03:46, Fraser Bell wrote:
    > -*DO NOT*- use the partitioner from within a running system for dealing
    > with the disk the running system is on, unless you know -*EXACTLY*- what
    > you are doing.


    It should be safe, as long as you do not touch any of the mounted
    partitions. I have done that hundreds of times...

    ....except when the kernel fails to sync the partition table with the
    memory image it has of the same. That means rebooting to avoid damage.

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