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       mkfs  [ -V ] [ -t fstype ] [ fs-options ] filesys [ blocks


       mkfs is used to build a Linux file  system  on  a  device,
       usually  a  hard  disk  partition.   filesys is either the
       device name (e.g.   /dev/hda1,  /dev/sdb2)  or  the  mount
       point  (e.g.  /, /usr, /home) for the file system.  blocks
       is the number of blocks to be used for the file system.

       The exit code returned by mkfs is 0 on success  and  1  on

       In  actuality,  mkfs is simply a front-end for the various
       file system builders (mkfs.fstype) available under  Linux.
       The file system-specific builder is searched for in a num­
       ber  of  directories   like   perhaps   /sbin,   /sbin/fs,
       /sbin/fs.d,  /etc/fs, /etc (the precise list is defined at
       compile time but at least contains  /sbin  and  /sbin/fs),
       and  finally in the directories listed in the PATH enviro­
       ment  variable.   Please  see  the  file   system-specific
       builder manual pages for further details.


       -V     Produce  verbose output, including all file system-
              specific commands that  are  executed.   Specifying
              this  option  more  than once inhibits execution of
              any file system-specific commands.  This is  really
              only useful for testing.

       -t fstype
              Specifies  the type of file system to be built.  If
              not specified, the default file system  type  (cur­
              rently ext2) is used.

              File  system-specific  options  to be passed to the
              real file system builder.  Although not guaranteed,
              the  following  options  are supported by most file
              system builders.

       -c     Check the device for bad blocks before building the
              file system.

       -l filename
              Read the bad blocks list from filename

       -v     Produce verbose output.


       All  generic options must precede and not be combined with
       fs(5),   badblocks(8),   fsck(8),  mkdosfs(8),  mke2fs(8),
       mkfs.bfs(8),  mkfs.ext2(8),  mkfs.ext3(8),  mkfs.minix(8),
       mkfs.msdos(8), mkfs.vfat(8), mkfs.xfs(8), mkfs.xiafs(8)

Version 1.9                  Jun 1995                     MKFS(8)



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