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Linux 2.6 - man page for parted (linux section 8)

PARTED(8)				GNU Parted Manual				PARTED(8)

       GNU Parted - a partition manipulation program

       parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]

       parted  is  a  disk partitioning and partition resizing program.  It allows you to create,
       destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, linux-swap, FAT, FAT32, and reiserfs partitions.   It
       can  create,  resize, and move Macintosh HFS partitions, as well as detect jfs, ntfs, ufs,
       and xfs partitions.  It is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganis-
       ing disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.

       This manual page documents parted briefly.  Complete documentation is distributed with the
       package in GNU Info format; see near the bottom.

       -h, --help
	      displays a help message

       -l, --list
	      lists partition layout on all block devices

       -m, --machine
	      displays machine parseable output

       -s, --script
	      never prompts for user intervention

       -v, --version
	      displays the version

       -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
	      Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment types are:

	      none   Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk type.

		     Align partitions to cylinders.

		     Use minimum alignment as given by the disk topology  information.	This  and
		     the  opt value will use layout information provided by the disk to align the
		     logical partition table addresses to actual physical blocks  on  the  disks.
		     The min value is the minimum aligment needed to align the partition properly
		     to physical blocks, which avoids performance degradation.

		     Use optimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This aligns
		     to  a  multiple  of the physical block size in a way that guarantees optimal

	      The block device to be used.  When none is given, parted will use the  first  block
	      device it finds.

       [command [options]]
	      Specifies  the command to be executed.  If no command is given, parted will present
	      a command prompt.  Possible commands are:

	      check partition
		     Do a simple check on partition.

	      cp [source-device] source dest
		     Copy the source partition's filesystem  on  source-device	(or  the  current
		     device  if  no other device was specified) to the dest partition on the cur-
		     rent device.

	      help [command]
		     Print general help, or help on command if specified.

	      mkfs partition fs-type
		     Make a filesystem fs-type on partition.  fs-type  can  be	one  of  "fat16",
		     "fat32", "ext2", "linux-swap", or "reiserfs".

	      mklabel label-type
		     Create  a	new disklabel (partition table) of label-type.	label-type should
		     be one of "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".

	      mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
		     Make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type (if specified), beginning
		     at start and ending at end (by default in megabytes).  fs-type can be one of
		     "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "HFS", "linux-swap", "NTFS", "reiserfs", or "ufs".
		     part-type should be one of "primary", "logical", or "extended".

	      mkpartfs part-type fs-type start end
		     Make  a  part-type  partition with filesystem fs-type beginning at start and
		     ending at end (by default in megabytes).  Using this command is discouraged.
		     Instead use mkpart to create an empty partition, and then use external tools
		     like mke2fs(8) to create the filesystem.

	      move partition start end
		     Move partition so that it begins at start and ends at end.  Note: move never
		     changes the minor number.

	      name partition name
		     Set  the name of partition to name. This option works only on Mac, PC98, and
		     GPT disklabels. The name can be placed in quotes, if necessary.

	      print  Display the partition table.

	      quit   Exit from parted.

	      rescue start end
		     Rescue a lost partition that was located somewhere between  start	and  end.
		     If  a partition is found, parted will ask if you want to create an entry for
		     it in the partition table.

	      resize partition start end
		     Resize the filesystem on partition so that it begins at start  and  ends  at
		     end (by default in megabytes).

	      rm partition
		     Delete partition.

	      select device
		     Choose  device  as  the  current  device to edit. device should usually be a
		     Linux hard disk device, but it can be a partition, software raid device,  or
		     an LVM logical volume if necessary.

	      set partition flag state
		     Change  the  state  of the flag on partition to state.  Supported flags are:
		     "boot", "root", "swap", "hidden", "raid", "lvm", "lba", and  "palo".   state
		     should be either "on" or "off".

	      unit unit
		     Set  unit	as  the  unit to use when displaying locations and sizes, and for
		     interpreting those given by the user when	not  suffixed  with  an  explicit
		     unit.   unit  can	be  one  of "s" (sectors), "B" (bytes), "kB", "MB", "GB",
		     "TB", "%" (percentage of device size), "cyl" (cylinders), "chs"  (cylinders,
		     heads,  sectors),	or  "compact"  (megabytes for input, and a human-friendly
		     form for output).

		     Display version information and a copyright message.

       ext3 filesystem functionality does not currently work.  To manage  ext3	type  filesystems
       use tools like resize2fs(8) or mke2fs(8).  Note that the currently supported ext2 filesys-
       tem will be deprecated once ext3 support is finalized.  Further	note  that  ext3  support
       will  have  limited  functionality that is yet to be defined.  Use tools like resize2fs(8)
       and mke2fs(8) to manage these types of filesystems.

       To manually resize an ext3 filesystem and/or a partition  use  resize2fs(8),  fdisk(8)  or
       similar	tools.	 For  LVM situations, you will need to use the LVM commands to resize the
       LVM elements.

       Report bugs to <bug-parted@gnu.org>

       fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented in the info(1) format GNU parti-
       tioning software manual which is distributed with the parted-doc Debian package.

       This  manual  page  was	written  by  Timshel  Knoll  <timshel@debian.org>, for the Debian
       GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

parted					  2007 March 29 				PARTED(8)

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