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NAME

       mkfs - build a Linux filesystem

SYNOPSIS

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

DESCRIPTION

       This  mkfs  frontend  is  deprecated  in  favour of filesystem specific
       mkfs.<type> utils.

       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 via your PATH environment setting only.  Please
       see the filesystem-specific builder manual pages for further details.

OPTIONS

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

       fs-options
              Filesystem-specific options to be passed to the real  filesystem
              builder.

       -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 text and exit.

BUGS

       All generic options must precede and not be combined  with  filesystem-
       specific   options.    Some   filesystem-specific   programs   do   not
       automatically detect the device size and require the size parameter  to
       be specified.

AUTHORS

       David Engel (david@ods.com)
       Fred N. van Kempen (waltje@uwalt.nl.mugnet.org)
       Ron Sommeling (sommel@sci.kun.nl)
       The  manual  page  was shamelessly adapted from Remy Card's version for
       the ext2 filesystem.

SEE ALSO

       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)

AVAILABILITY

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