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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for mpartition (redhat section 1)

mpartition(1)									    mpartition(1)

Name
       mpartition - partition an MSDOS hard disk

Note of warning
       This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's texinfo documentation, and may
       not be entirely accurate or complete.  See the end of this man page for details.

Description
       The mpartition command is used to  create  MS-DOS  filesystems  as  partitions.	 This  is
       intended to be used on non-Linux systems, i.e. systems where fdisk and easy access to Scsi
       devices are not available.  This command only works on drives whose partition variable  is
       set.

       mpartition  -p drive mpartition -r drive mpartition -I [-B bootSector] drive mpartition -a
       drive mpartition -d drive mpartition -c [-s sectors] [-h heads]	[-t  cylinders]  [-v  [-T
       type] [-b begin] [-l length] [-f]

       Mpartition supports the following operations:

       p      Prints  a command line to recreate the partition for the drive.  Nothing is printed
	      if the partition for the drive  is  not  defined,  or  an  inconsistency	has  been
	      detected.  If verbose (-v) is also set, prints the current partition table.

       r      Removes the partition described by drive.

       I      Initializes the partition table, and removes all partitions.

       c      Creates the partition described by drive.

       a      "Activates"  the	partition,  i.e.  makes  it  bootable.	Only one partition can be
	      bootable at a time.

       d      "Desactivates" the partition, i.e. makes it unbootable.

       If no operation is given, the current settings are printed.

       For partition creations, the following options are available:

       s sectors
	      The number of sectors per track of the partition (which is also the number of  sec-
	      tors per track for the whole drive).

       h heads
	      The  number  of  heads  of the partition (which is also the number of heads for the
	      whole drive).  By default, the geometry information (number of sectors  and  heads)
	      is figured out from neighbouring partition table entries, or guessed from the size.

       t cylinders
	      The  number of cylinders of the partition (not the number of cylinders of the whole
	      drive.

       b begin
	      The starting offset of the partition, expressed in sectors. If begin is not  given,
	      mpartition  lets the partition begin at the start of the disk (partition number 1),
	      or immediately after the end of the previous partition.

       l length
	      The size (length) of the partition, expressed in sectors.  If  end  is  not  given,
	      mpartition  figures  out	the size from the number of sectors, heads and cylinders.
	      If these are not given either, it gives the partition the  biggest  possible  size,
	      considering disk size and start of the next partition.

       The following option is available for all operation which modify the partition table:

       f      Usually, before writing back any changes to the partition, mpartition performs cer-
	      tain consistenct checks, such as checking for overlaps and proper alignment of  the
	      partitions.  If any of these checks fails, the partition table is not changes.  The
	      -f allows you to override these safeguards.

       The following options are available for all operations:

       v      Together with -p prints the partition table as it is now (no change operation),  or
	      as it is after it is modified.

       vv     If  the  verbosity  flag is given twice, mpartition will print out a hexdump of the
	      partition table when reading it from and writing it to the device.

       The following option is available for partition table initialization:

       B bootSector
	      Reads the template master boot record from file bootSector.

See Also
       Mtools' texinfo doc

Viewing the texi doc
       This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's  texinfo  documentation.  How-
       ever,  this  process is only approximative, and some items, such as crossreferences, foot-
       notes and indices are lost in this translation  process.   Indeed,  these  items  have  no
       appropriate  representation in the manpage format.  Moreover, not all information has been
       translated into the manpage version.  Thus I strongly advise you to use the original  tex-
       info doc.  See the end of this manpage for instructions how to view the texinfo doc.

       *      To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following commands:

		     ./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi

       *      To generate a html copy,	run:

		     ./configure; make html

	      A   premade   html   can	 be  found  at:  `http://mtools.linux.lu'  and	also  at:
	      `http://www.tux.org/pub/knaff/mtools'

       *      To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:

		     ./configure; make info

       The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html.  Indeed, in  the  info  version
       certain examples are difficult to read due to the quoting conventions used in info.

mtools-3.9.8				     02Jun01				    mpartition(1)


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