mkfs.minix(8) — Linux manual page


MKFS.MINIX(8)               System Administration              MKFS.MINIX(8)

NAME         top

       mkfs.minix - make a Minix filesystem

SYNOPSIS         top

       mkfs.minix [options] device [size-in-blocks]

DESCRIPTION         top

       mkfs.minix creates a Linux MINIX filesystem on a device (usually a
       disk partition).

       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 an 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.

OPTIONS         top

       -c, --check
              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.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.  The long option cannot
              be combined with other options.

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

EXIT STATUS         top

       The exit status returned by mkfs.minix is one of the following:

       0      No errors

       8      Operational error

       16     Usage or syntax error

SEE ALSO         top

       fsck(8), mkfs(8), reboot(8)

AVAILABILITY         top

       The mkfs.minix command is part of the util-linux package and is
       available from

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util-linux                        June 2015                    MKFS.MINIX(8)

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