SWAPLABEL(8)                System Administration               SWAPLABEL(8)

NAME         top

       swaplabel - print or change the label or UUID of a swap area

SYNOPSIS         top

       swaplabel [-L label] [-U UUID] device

DESCRIPTION         top

       swaplabel will display or change the label or UUID of a swap
       partition located on device (or regular file).

       If the optional arguments -L and -U are not given, swaplabel will
       simply display the current swap-area label and UUID of device.

       If an optional argument is present, then swaplabel will change the
       appropriate value on device.  These values can also be set during
       swap creation using mkswap(8).  The swaplabel utility allows to
       change the label or UUID on an actively used swap device.

OPTIONS         top

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

       -L, --label label
              Specify a new label for the device.  Swap partition labels can
              be at most 16 characters long.  If label is longer than 16
              characters, swaplabel will truncate it and print a warning

       -U, --uuid UUID
              Specify a new UUID for the device.  The  UUID must be in the
              standard 8-4-4-4-12 character format, such as is output by

AUTHOR         top

       swaplabel was written by Jason Borden <> and
       Karel Zak <>.

ENVIRONMENT         top

              enables libblkid debug output.

AVAILABILITY         top

       The swaplabel command is part of the util-linux package and is
       available from

SEE ALSO         top

       uuidgen(1), mkswap(8), swapon(8)

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util-linux                       April 2010                     SWAPLABEL(8)