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I have had this problem before and fixed it, but I don't recall how I did it and I did not record it (sadness :( )

I have all the requisite commands installed on OpenSuse to support gparted's efforts in creating any of the supported file systems. I recall that the problem was that gparted could not find the commands, in any event all the file systems are greyed out in the context menu except for the legacy hfs partition which only supports < 2gb. Even extfs2-extfs4 are greyed out.

How do I fix this?

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You should migrate this question to superuser. – ℝaphink Dec 28 '09 at 19:17
Done - thank you. – Dec 29 '09 at 4:20

its probably a two-fold issue.

  1. Make sure you have the correct kernel modules for the filesystems

  2. Make sure you have the correct userland tools for the filesystems installed.

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Is gparted launched with root privileges (using sudo or equivalent) ?

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Yes - I am running gparted with root privs through gnomesu. – Dec 29 '09 at 4:20

try this:

cd /usr/sbin
sudo bash    


if not search for ntfsprogs at and install it and retry above steps.

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