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MKFS(8)			     System Administration		       MKFS(8)

NAME
       mkfs - build a Linux filesystem

SYNOPSIS
       mkfs [options] [-t type]	[fs-options] device [size]

DESCRIPTION
       This  mkfs  frontend  is	 deprecated  in	 favour	of filesystem specific
       mkfs.<type> utils.

       mkfs is used to build a Linux filesystem	on a device,  usually  a  hard
       disk  partition.	  The device argument is either	the device name	(e.g.,
       /dev/hda1, /dev/sdb2),  or  a  regular  file  that  shall  contain  the
       filesystem.   The  size argument	is the number of blocks	to be used for
       the filesystem.

       The exit	status returned	by mkfs	is 0 on	success	and 1 on failure.

       In actuality, mkfs is simply a front-end	 for  the  various  filesystem
       builders	 (mkfs.fstype) available under Linux.  The filesystem-specific
       builder is searched for via your	PATH environment setting only.	Please
       see the filesystem-specific builder manual pages	for further details.

OPTIONS
       -t, --type type
	      Specify  the  type of filesystem to be built.  If	not specified,
	      the default filesystem type (currently ext2) is used.

       fs-options
	      Filesystem-specific options to be	passed to the real  filesystem
	      builder.

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

       -V, --version
	      Display version information and exit.  (Option -V	 will  display
	      version  information  only when it is the	only parameter,	other-
	      wise it will work	as --verbose.)

       -h, --help
	      Display help text	and exit.

BUGS
       All generic options must	precede	and not	be combined  with  filesystem-
       specific	 options.   Some filesystem-specific programs do not automati-
       cally detect the	device size and	require	the size parameter to be spec-
       ified.

AUTHORS
       David Engel (david@ods.com)
       Fred N. van Kempen (waltje@uwalt.nl.mugnet.org)
       Ron Sommeling (sommel@sci.kun.nl)
       The  manual  page  was shamelessly adapted from Remy Card's version for
       the ext2	filesystem.

SEE ALSO
       fs(5), badblocks(8), fsck(8), mkdosfs(8), mke2fs(8), mkfs.bfs(8),
       mkfs.ext2(8), mkfs.ext3(8), mkfs.ext4(8), mkfs.minix(8),	mkfs.msdos(8),
       mkfs.vfat(8), mkfs.xfs(8)

AVAILABILITY
       The mkfs	command	is part	of the util-linux  package  and	 is  available
       from https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux			   June	2011			       MKFS(8)

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