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       mkfs.minix  [  -c  |  -l filename ] [ -n namelength ] [ -i
       inodecount ] [ -v ] device [ size-in-blocks ]


       mkfs.minix creates a Linux MINIX file-system on  a  device
       (usually a disk partition).

       The device is usually of the following form:

              /dev/hda[1-8] (IDE disk 1)
              /dev/hdb[1-8] (IDE disk 2)
              /dev/sda[1-8] (SCSI disk 1)
              /dev/sdb[1-8] (SCSI disk 2)

       The  size-in-blocks  parameter  is the desired size of the
       file system, in blocks.  It is present only for  backwards
       compatibility.   If  omitted  the  size will be determined
       automatically.  Only block counts strictly greater than 10
       and strictly less than 65536 are allowed.


       -c     Check the device for bad blocks before creating the
              file system.   If  any  are  found,  the  count  is

       -n namelength
              Specify  the  maximum  length  of  filenames.  Cur­
              rently, the only allowable values are  14  and  30.
              The  default  is  30.  Note that kernels older than
              0.99p7 only accept namelength 14.

       -i inodecount
              Specify the number of inodes for the filesystem.

       -l filename
              Read the bad blocks list from filename.   The  file
              has  one  bad  block number per line.  The count of
              bad blocks read is printed.

       -v     Make a Minix version 2 filesystem.


       The exit code returned by mkfs.minix is one of the follow­

       0      No errors

       8      Operational error

       16     Usage or syntax error

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