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CFDISK(8)						       System Administration							 CFDISK(8)

       cfdisk - display or manipulate a disk partition table

       cfdisk [options] [device]

       cfdisk is a curses-based program for partitioning any block device.  The default device is /dev/sda.

       Note  that  cfdisk  provides  basic partitioning functionality with a user-friendly interface.  If you need advanced features, use fdisk(8)

       Since version 2.25 cfdisk supports MBR (DOS), GPT, SUN and SGI disk labels, but no longer provides any  functionality  for  CHS	(Cylinder-
       Head-Sector) addressing.  CHS has never been important for Linux, and this addressing concept does not make any sense for new devices.

       Since  version  2.25 cfdisk also does not provide a 'print' command any more.  This functionality is provided by the utilities partx(8) and
       lsblk(8) in a very comfortable and rich way.

       If you want to remove an old partition table from a device, use wipefs(8).

       -h, --help
	      Display help text and exit.

       -L, --color[=when]
	      Colorize the output.  The optional argument when can be auto, never or always.  If the when argument  is	omitted,  it  defaults	to
	      auto.  The colors can be disabled, for the current built-in default see --help output. See also the COLORS section.

       -V, --version
	      Display version information and exit.

       -z, --zero
	      Start with an in-memory zeroed partition table.  This option does not zero the partition table on the disk; rather, it simply starts
	      the program without reading the existing partition table.  This option allows you to create a new partition table  from  scratch	or
	      from an sfdisk-compatible script.

       The  commands  for  cfdisk can be entered by pressing the corresponding key (pressing Enter after the command is not necessary).  Here is a
       list of the available commands:

       b      Toggle the bootable flag of the current partition.  This allows you to select which primary partition  is  bootable  on  the  drive.
	      This command may not be available for all partition label types.

       d      Delete  the current partition.  This will convert the current partition into free space and merge it with any free space immediately
	      surrounding the current partition.  A partition already marked as free space or marked as unusable cannot be deleted.

       h      Show the help screen.

       n      Create a new partition from free space.  cfdisk then prompts you for the size of the partition you want to create.  The default size
	      is equal to the entire available free space at the current position.

	      The  size  may  be followed by a multiplicative suffix: KiB (=1024), MiB (=1024*1024), and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB, ZiB and YiB
	      (the "iB" is optional, e.g. "K" has the same meaning as "KiB").

       q      Quit the program.  This will exit the program without writing any data to the disk.

       s      Sort the partitions in ascending start-sector order.  When deleting and adding partitions, it is likely that the	numbering  of  the
	      partitions will no longer match their order on the disk.	This command restores that match.

       t      Change the partition type.  By default, new partitions are created as Linux partitions.

       u      Dump the current in-memory partition table to an sfdisk-compatible script file.

	      The script files are compatible between cfdisk, fdisk, sfdisk and other libfdisk applications.  For more details see sfdisk(8).

	      It  is also possible to load an sfdisk-script into cfdisk if there is no partition table on the device or when you start cfdisk with
	      the --zero command-line option.

       W      Write the partition table to disk (you must enter an uppercase W).  Since this might destroy data on the disk, you must either  con-
	      firm  or	deny the write by entering `yes' or `no'.  If you enter `yes', cfdisk will write the partition table to disk and then tell
	      the kernel to re-read the partition table from the disk.

	      The re-reading of the partition table does not always work.  In such a case you need to inform the kernel about any  new	partitions
	      by using partprobe(8) or partx(8), or by rebooting the system.

       x      Toggle extra information about a partition.

       Up Arrow, Down Arrow
	      Move  the cursor to the previous or next partition.  If there are more partitions than can be displayed on a screen, you can display
	      the next (previous) set of partitions by moving down (up) at the last (first) partition displayed on the screen.

       Left Arrow, Right Arrow
	      Select the preceding or the next menu item.  Hitting Enter will execute the currently selected item.

       All commands can be entered with either uppercase or lowercase letters (except for Write).  When in a submenu or at a prompt, you  can  hit
       the Esc key to return to the main menu.

       Implicit coloring can be disabled by creating the empty file /etc/terminal-colors.d/cfdisk.disable.

       See terminal-colors.d(5) for more details about colorization configuration.

       cfdisk does not support color customization with a color-scheme file.

	      enables cfdisk debug output.

	      enables libfdisk debug output.

	      enables libblkid debug output.

	      enables libsmartcols debug output.

	      use visible padding characters. Requires enabled LIBSMARTCOLS_DEBUG.

       fdisk(8), parted(8), partprobe(8), partx(8), sfdisk(8)

       Karel Zak <>

       The current cfdisk implementation is based on the original cfdisk from Kevin E. Martin (

       The cfdisk command is part of the util-linux package and is available from

util-linux							    March 2014								 CFDISK(8)
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