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PDISK(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual				 PDISK(8)

NAME
     pdisk -- Apple partition table editor

SYNOPSIS
     pdisk [-h | --help] [-v | --version] [-l | --list] [[name ...]]

     pdisk [r | -readonly] device ...

DESCRIPTION
     pdisk is a menu driven program which partitions disks using the standard Apple disk parti-
     tioning scheme described in "Inside Macintosh: Devices".  It does not support the intel/dos
     partitioning scheme supported by fdisk.

     device is of the following form:
     /dev/disk0s
     /dev/disk0s1
     etc.

OPTIONS
     -v | --version
	      Prints version number of the pdisk program.

     -h | --help
	      Prints a rather lame set of help messages for the pdisk program.

     -l | --list
	      If no names are present then lists the partition tables for /dev/disk0s,
	      /dev/disk0s1, /dev/disk0s2, and so on.  Otherwise, lists the partition tables for
	      the specified names.

     -r | --readonly
	      Prevents pdisk from writing to the device.

Editing Partition Tables
     An argument which is simply the name of a device indicates that pdisk should edit the parti-
     tion table of that device.

     The current top level editing commands are:
     h	      command help
     p	      print the partition table
     P	      (print ordered by base address)
     i	      initialize partition map
     s	      change size of partition map
     c	      create new partition
     C	      (create with type also specified)
     d	      delete a partition
     r	      reorder partition entry in map
     w	      write the partition table
     q	      quit without saving changes

     Commands which take arguments prompt for each argument in turn.  You can also type any num-
     ber of the arguments separated by spaces and those prompts will be skipped.  The only excep-
     tion to typeahead are the confirmation prompts on the i and w commands.  The idea being that
     if we expect you to confirm the decision we shouldn't undermine that by allowing you to be
     precipitate about it.

     Partitions are always specified by their number, which the index of the partition entry in
     the partition map.  Most of the commands will change the index numbers of all partitions
     after the affected partition.  You are advised to print the table as frequently as neces-
     sary.

     Creating more than fifteen partitions is not advised.  There is currently a bug in the some
     (all?) of the kernels which causes access to the whole disk fail if more than fifteen parti-
     tions are in the map.

     The c (create new partition) command is the only one with complicated arguments.  The first
     argument is the base address (in blocks) of the partition.  Besides a raw number, you can
     also specify a partition number followed by the letter 'p' to indicate that the first block
     of the new partition should be the same as the first block of that existing free  space par-
     tition.  The second argument is the length of the partition in blocks.  This can be a raw
     number or can be a partition number followed by the letter 'p' to use the size of that par-
     tition or can be a number followed by 'k', 'm', or 'g' to indicate the size in kilobytes,
     megabytes, or gigabytes respectively.  (These are powers of 1024, of course, not powers of
     1000.)  The last argument is the name of the partition.  This can be a single word without
     quotes, or a string surrounded by single or double quotes.

     The C command is identical to the c command, with the addition of a partition type argument
     after the other arguments.

     The r (reorder) command allows the index number of partitions to be changed.  The index num-
     bers are constrained to be a contiguous sequence.

     The i (initialize) command prompts for the size of the device.  This was done to get around
     a bug in the kernel where it reports the wrong size for the device.

     The w (write) command does write the partition map out.

BUGS
     pdisk should be able to create HFS partitions that work.

     Even more help should be available during user input.

Darwin					  March 24, 2001				   Darwin
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