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VMware permission on vmdk

VMware permission on vmdk

VMware permission on vmdk


VMware server 1.0.4 on Linux rhel5.

I was testing gparted LIVE for another task, thought I would use VMware. Everything goes well, but after any gparted (like writing a partition) my VMware cannot boot after partitioning /dev/sdb (I boot from /dev/sda:

Aug 31 11:23:57: vmx| Config file: /vm/testdebian/Other Linux.vmx
Aug 31 11:23:57: vmx| DISKLIB-FLAT  : "/vm/testdebian/Other Linux-2-f001.vmdk" : failed to open (38): AIOMgr_Open failed.
Aug 31 11:23:57: vmx| DISKLIB-DSCPTR: Failed to open extents for descriptor file in normal mode
Aug 31 11:23:57: vmx| DISKLIB-LINK  : "/vm/testdebian/Other Linux-2.vmdk" : failed to open (Insufficient permission to access file).

I've tried to delete and readd the virtual disk.  I tried it with cfdisk and it does the same thing.

It isn't permissions, I am running as root and the .vmdk has the same perms for sda and sdb.  If I remove sdb from VMware it can boot from sda.  If I add it, it works, but after cfdisk or gparted it fails.

If it isn't file permissions, what could it be checking?  I don't (physically) have a /dev/sdb but this is virtualized so does it check that?  Are there permissions embedded in the partition table?

I've worked with this version lots, so I am generally confused.


RE: VMware permission on vmdk

Well, just tried it on vmware server 2.0.1, gparted works fine.  I guess it is some anomaly in the earlier version...

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