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NAME

       blockdev - call block device ioctls from the command line

SYNOPSIS

       blockdev [-q] [-v] command [command...]  device [device...]
       blockdev --report [device...]

DESCRIPTION

       The  utility  blockdev  allows one to call block device ioctls from the
       command line.

OPTIONS

       -V     Print version and exit.

       -q     Be quiet.

       -v     Be verbose.

       --report
              Print a report for the specified device. It is possible to  give
              multiple  devices. If none is given, all devices which appear in
              /proc/partitions are shown. Note that the partition StartSec  is
              in 512-byte sectors.

COMMANDS

       It is possible to give multiple devices and multiple commands.

       --flushbufs
              Flush buffers.

       --getalignoff
              Get alignment offset.

       --getbsz
              Print blocksize in bytes.

       --getdiscardzeroes
              Get discard zeroes support status.

       --getfra
              Get filesystem readahead in 512-byte sectors.

       --getiomin
              Get minimum I/O size.

       --getioopt
              Get optimal I/O size.

       --getmaxsect
              Get max sectors per request

       --getpbsz
              Get physical block (sector) size.

       --getra
              Print readahead (in 512-byte sectors).

       --getro
              Get read-only. Print 1 if the device is read-only, 0 otherwise.

       --getsize64
              Print device size in bytes.

       --getsize
              Print  device  size (32-bit!) in sectors. Deprecated in favor of
              the --getsz option.

       --getss
              Print sectorsize in bytes - usually 512.

       --getsz
              Get size in 512-byte sectors.

       --rereadpt
              Reread partition table

       --setbsz bytes
              Set blocksize.

       --setfra sectors
              Set filesystem readahead (same like --setra on 2.6 kernels).

       --setra sectors
              Set readahead (in 512-byte sectors).

       --setro
              Set read-only.

       --setrw
              Set read-write.

AUTHOR

       blockdev was written by Andries E. Brouwer and rewritten by Karel Zak.

AVAILABILITY

       The blockdev command is part of the util-linux package and is available
       from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.