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       mkfs - build a Linux filesystem



       mkfs [options] [-t type fs-options] device [size]


       mkfs  is  used  to build a Linux filesystem on a device, usually a hard
       disk partition.  The device argument is either the  device  name  (e.g.
       /dev/hda1,  /dev/sdb2),  or  a  regular  file  that  shall  contain the
       filesystem.  The size argument is the number of blocks to be  used  for
       the filesystem.

       The exit code returned by mkfs is 0 on success and 1 on failure.

       In  actuality,  mkfs  is  simply a front-end for the various filesystem
       builders (mkfs.fstype) available under Linux.  The  filesystem-specific
       builder is searched for in a number of directories, like perhaps /sbin,
       /sbin/fs, /sbin/fs.d, /etc/fs, /etc (the precise  list  is  defined  at
       compile  time but at least contains /sbin and /sbin/fs), and finally in
       the directories listed in the PATH environment  variable.   Please  see
       the filesystem-specific builder manual pages for further details.


       -t, --type type
              Specify  the  type of filesystem to be built.  If not specified,
              the default filesystem type (currently ext2) is used.

              Filesystem-specific options to be passed to the real  filesystem
              builder.   Although  not  guaranteed,  the following options are
              supported by most filesystem builders.

       -V, --verbose
              Produce  verbose  output,  including   all   filesystem-specific
              commands  that  are  executed.  Specifying this option more than
              once inhibits execution  of  any  filesystem-specific  commands.
              This is really only useful for testing.

       -V, --version
              Display  version  information and exit.  (Option -V will display
              version  information  only  when  it  is  the  only   parameter,
              otherwise it will work as --verbose.)

       -h, --help
              Display help and exit.


       All  generic  options must precede and not be combined with filesystem-
       specific options.  Some filesystem-specific programs do not support the
       -V  (verbose)  option,  nor  return  meaningful exit codes.  Also, some
       filesystem-specific programs do not  automatically  detect  the  device
       size and require the size parameter to be specified.


       David Engel (
       Fred N. van Kempen (
       Ron Sommeling (
       The  manual  page  was shamelessly adapted from Remy Card's version for
       the ext2 filesystem.


       fs(5),  badblocks(8),  fsck(8),  mkdosfs(8),  mke2fs(8),   mkfs.bfs(8),
       mkfs.ext2(8), mkfs.ext3(8), mkfs.ext4(8), mkfs.minix(8), mkfs.msdos(8),
       mkfs.vfat(8), mkfs.xfs(8), mkfs.xiafs(8)


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