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FATLABEL(8)                System Manager's Manual               FATLABEL(8)

NAME         top

       fatlabel - set or get MS-DOS filesystem label or volume ID

SYNOPSIS         top

       fatlabel [OPTIONS] DEVICE [NEW]

DESCRIPTION         top

       fatlabel will display or change the volume label or volume ID on the
       MS-DOS filesystem located on DEVICE.  By default it works in label
       mode.  It can be switched to volume ID mode with the option -i or

       If NEW is omitted, then the existing label or volume ID is written to
       the standard output.  A label can't be longer than 11 bytes and
       should be in all upper case for best compatibility.  An empty string
       or a label consisting only of white space is not allowed.  A volume
       ID must be given as a hexadecimal number (no leading "0x" or similar)
       and must fit into 32 bits.

OPTIONS         top

       -i, --volume-id
           Switch to volume ID mode.

       -r, --reset
           Remove label in label mode or generate new ID in volume ID mode.

       -c PAGE, --codepage=PAGE
           Use DOS codepage PAGE to encode/decode label.  By default
           codepage 850 is used.

       -h, --help
           Display a help message and terminate.

       -V, --version
           Show version number and terminate.

COMPATIBILITY and BUGS         top

       For historic reasons FAT label is stored in two different locations:
       in the boot sector and as a special volume label entry in the root
       directory. MS-DOS 5.00, MS-DOS 6.22, MS-DOS 7.10, Windows 98, Windows
       XP and also Windows 10 read FAT label only from the root directory.
       Absence of the volume label in the root directory is interpreted as
       empty or none label, even if boot sector contains some valid label.

       When Windows XP or Windows 10 system changes a FAT label it stores it
       only in the root directory -- letting boot sector unchanged. Which
       leads to problems when a label is removed on Windows. Old label is
       still stored in the boot sector but removed from the root directory.

       dosfslabel prior to the version 3.0.7 operated only with FAT labels
       stored in the boot sector, completely ignoring a volume label in the
       root directory.

       dosfslabel in versions 3.0.7 - 3.0.15 reads FAT labels from the root
       directory and in case of absence, it fallbacks to a label stored in
       the boot sector. Change operation resulted in updating a label in the
       boot sector and sometimes also in the root directory due to the bug.
       That bug was fixed in dosfslabel version 3.0.16 and since this
       version dosfslabel updates label in both location.

       Since version 4.2, fatlabel reads a FAT label only from the root
       directory (like MS-DOS and Windows systems), but changes a FAT label
       in both locations. In version 4.2 was fixed handling of empty labels
       and labels which starts with a byte 0xE5. Also in this version was
       added support for non-ASCII labels according to specified DOS
       codepage and were added checks if a new label is valid.

       It is strongly suggested to not use dosfslabel prior to version

DOS CODEPAGES         top

       MS-DOS and Windows systems use DOS (OEM) codepage for encoding and
       decoding FAT label. In Windows systems DOS codepage is global for all
       running applications and cannot be configured explicitly. It is set
       implicitly by option Language for non-Unicode programs available in
       Regional and Language Options via Control Panel. Default DOS codepage
       for fatlabel is 850. See following mapping table between DOS codepage
       and Language for non-Unicode programs:

       Codepage   Language
         437      English (India), English (Malaysia), English (Republic of
                  the Philippines), English (Singapore), English (South
                  Africa), English (United States), English (Zimbabwe),
                  Filipino, Hausa, Igbo, Inuktitut, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili,
         720      Arabic, Dari, Persian, Urdu, Uyghur
         737      Greek
         775      Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
         850      Afrikaans, Alsatian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Corsican,
                  Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), English (Belize),
                  English (Canada), English (Caribbean), English (Ireland),
                  English (Jamaica), English (New Zealand), English
                  (Trinidad and Tobago), English (United Kingdom), Faroese,
                  Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Greenlandic,
                  Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Italian,
                  K'iche, Lower Sorbian, Luxembourgish, Malay, Mapudungun,
                  Mohawk, Norwegian, Occitan, Portuguese, Quechua, Romansh,
                  Sami, Scottish Gaelic, Sesotho sa Leboa, Setswana,
                  Spanish, Swedish, Tamazight, Upper Sorbian, Welsh, Wolof
         852      Albanian, Bosnian (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Hungarian,
                  Polish, Romanian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian,
         855      Bosnian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Cyrillic)
         857      Azeri (Latin), Turkish, Uzbek (Latin)
         862      Hebrew
         866      Azeri (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kyrgyz,
                  Macedonian, Mongolian, Russian, Tajik, Tatar, Ukrainian,
                  Uzbek (Cyrillic), Yakut
         874      Thai
         932      Japanese
         936      Chinese (Simplified)
         949      Korean
         950      Chinese (Traditional)
         1258     Vietnamese

SEE ALSO         top

       fsck.fat(8), mkfs.fat(8)

HOMEPAGE         top

       The home for the dosfstools project is its GitHub project page 

AUTHORS         top

       dosfstools were written by Werner Almesberger ⟨werner.almesberger@
       lrc.di.epfl.ch⟩, Roman Hodek ⟨Roman.Hodek@informatik.uni-
       erlangen.de⟩, and others.  The current maintainer is Andreas Bombe

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the dosfstools (Tools for making and checking
       MS-DOS FAT filesystems) project.  Information about the project can
       be found at ⟨https://github.com/dosfstools/dosfstools⟩.  If you have
       a bug report for this manual page, see
       ⟨https://github.com/dosfstools/dosfstools/issues⟩.  This page was
       obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
       ⟨https://github.com/dosfstools/dosfstools.git⟩ on 2020-09-18.  (At
       that time, the date of the most recent commit that was found in the
       repository was 2020-02-14.)  If you discover any rendering problems
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