mkfs.minix creates a Linux MINIX filesystem on a device (usually a
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 device may be a block device or a image file of one, but this is
not enforced. Expect not much fun on a character device :-).
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.
Check the device for bad blocks before creating the
filesystem. If any are found, the count is printed.
-n, --namelength length
Specify the maximum length of filenames. Currently, the only
allowable values are 14 and 30 for file system versions 1 and
2. Version 3 allows only value 60. The default is 30.
-i, --inodes number
Specify the number of inodes for the filesystem.
-l, --badblocks filename
Read the list of bad blocks from filename. The file has one
bad-block number per line. The count of bad blocks read is
-1 Make a Minix version 1 filesystem. This is the default.
-2, -v Make a Minix version 2 filesystem.
-3 Make a Minix version 3 filesystem.
Display version information and exit. The long option cannot
be combined with other options.
Display help text and exit.
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util-linux June 2015 MKFS.MINIX(8)