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fmthard(1M)		System Administration Commands		   fmthard(1M)

NAME
       fmthard - populate VTOC on hard disks

SYNOPSIS
   SPARC
       fmthard	-d data	 | -n volume_name | -s datafile	[-i] /dev/rdsk/c? [t?]
       d?s2

   IA
       fmthard	-d data	 |  -n volume_name  |  -s datafile   [-i]   [-p	pboot]
       [-b bootblk] /dev/rdsk/c? [t?] d?s2

DESCRIPTION
       The fmthard command updates the VTOC (Volume Table of Contents) on hard
       disks and, on IA	systems, adds boot information to  the	Solaris	 fdisk
       partition.  One or more of the options -s datafile, -d data, or -n vol-
       ume_name	must be	used to	request	modifications to the  disk  label.  To
       print  disk  label contents, see	prtvtoc(1M). The /dev/rdsk/c?[t?]d ?s2
       file must be the	character special file of the  device  where  the  new
       VTOC  is	 to  be	installed. On IA systems, fdisk(1M) must be run	on the
       drive before fmthard.

       If you are using	an IA system, note that	the term ``partition'' in this
       page  refers to slices within the IA fdisk partition on IA machines. Do
       not confuse the partitions created by fmthard with the partitions  cre-
       ated by fdisk.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -d data
	     The data argument of this option is a string representing the in-
	     formation for a particular	partition in  the  current  VTOC.  The
	     string  must be of	the format part:tag:flag:start:size where part
	     is	the partition number, tag is the ID TAG	of the partition, flag
	     is	the set	of permission flags, start is the starting sector num-
	     ber of the	partition, and size is the number of  sectors  in  the
	     partition.	See the	description of the datafile below for more in-
	     formation on these	fields.

       -i    This option allows	the command to create the desired VTOC	table,
	     but  prints the information to standard output instead of modify-
	     ing the VTOC on the disk.

       -n volume_name
	     This option is used to give the disk a volume_name	up to 8	 char-
	     acters long.

       -s datafile
	     This  option is used to populate the VTOC according to a datafile
	     created by	the user. If the datafile is "-", fmthard  reads  from
	     standard  input. The datafile format is described below. This op-
	     tion causes all of	the disk partition timestamp fields to be  set
	     to	zero.

	     Every  VTOC  generated  by	fmthard	will also have partition 2, by
	     convention, that corresponds to the whole disk. If	the  input  in
	     datafile  does  not  specify an entry for partition 2,  a default
	     partition 2 entry will be created automatically in	VTOC with  the
	     tag V_BACKUP and size equal to the	full size of the disk.

	     The  datafile contains one	specification line for each partition,
	     starting with partition 0.	Each line is delimited by  a  new-line
	     character	(\n).  If the first character of a line	is an asterisk
	     (*), the line is treated as a comment. Each line is  composed  of
	     entries  that  are	position-dependent, separated by "white	space"
	     and having	the following format:

	     partition	tag  flag  starting_sector  size_in_sectors

       where the entries have the following values:

	     partition
		   The partition number. Currently, for	Solaris	SPARC, a  disk
		   can have up to 8 partitions,	0-7. Even though the partition
		   field has 4 bits, only 3 bits are currently used.  For  IA,
		   all	4  bits	 are  used  to allow slices 0-15. Each Solaris
		   fdisk partition can have up to 16 slices.

	     tag   The partition tag: a	decimal	number.	The following are  re-
		   served  codes:  0 (V_UNASSIGNED), 1 (V_BOOT), 2 (V_ROOT), 3
		   (V_SWAP), 4 (V_USR),	5 (V_BACKUP), 6	(V_STAND), 7  (V_VAR),
		   and 8 (V_HOME).

	     flag  The flag allows a partition to be flagged as	unmountable or
		   read	only, the masks	being: V_UNMNT 0x01, and V_RONLY 0x10.
		   For mountable partitions use	0x00.

	     starting_sector
		   The sector number (decimal) on which	the partition starts.

	     size_in_sectors
		   The number (decimal)	of sectors occupied by the partition.

	     You  can save the output of a prtvtoc command to a	file, edit the
	     file, and use it as the datafile argument to the -s option.

   IA Options
       The functionality provided by the following two IA options is also pro-
       vided  by installboot(1M). Because the functionality described here may
       be removed in future versions of	fmthard, you should use	installboot to
       install boot records. The following options currently apply to fmthard:

       -p pboot
	     This  option  allows  the	user to	override the default partition
	     boot file,	/usr/platform/platform-name/lib/fs/ufs/pboot. The par-
	     tition  boot  file	is platform dependent, where platform-name can
	     be	determined using the -i	option to uname(1).

       -b bootblk
	     This option allows	the user to override the default bootblk file,
	     /usr/platform/platform-name/lib/fs/ufs/bootblk.   The  boot block
	     file is platform dependent, where platform-name can be determined
	     using the -i option to uname(1).

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       uname(1), format(1M), prtvtoc(1M), attributes(5)

   IA Only
       fdisk(1M), installboot(1M)

NOTES
       Special	care should be exercised when overwriting an existing VTOC, as
       incorrect entries could result in current data being inaccessible. As a
       precaution, save	the old	VTOC.

       fmthard	cannot write a disk label on an	unlabeled disk.	Use format(1M)
       for this	purpose.

SunOS 5.9			 28  Jul 1998			   fmthard(1M)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | ATTRIBUTES | SEE ALSO | NOTES

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