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       libblkid - block device identification library


       #include <blkid.h>

       cc file.c -lblkid


       The libblkid library is used to identify block devices (disks) as to their content (e.g.,
       filesystem type) as well as extracting additional information such as filesystem
       labels/volume names, unique identifiers/serial numbers. A common use is to allow use of
       LABEL= and UUID= tags instead of hard-coding specific block device names into
       configuration files.

       The low-level part of the library also allows the extraction of information about
       partitions and block device topology.

       The high-level part of the library keeps information about block devices in a cache file
       and is verified to still be valid before being returned to the user (if the user has read
       permission on the raw block device, otherwise not). The cache file also allows
       unprivileged users (normally anyone other than root, or those not in the "disk" group) to
       locate devices by label/id. The standard location of the cache file can be overridden by
       the environment variable BLKID_FILE.

       In situations where one is getting information about a single known device, it does not
       impact performance whether the cache is used or not (unless you are not able to read the
       block device directly).

       The high-level part of the library supports two methods to determine LABEL/UUID. It reads
       information directly from a block device or read information from /dev/disk/by-* udev
       symlinks. The udev is preferred method by default.

       If you are dealing with multiple devices, use of the cache is highly recommended (even if
       empty) as devices will be scanned at most one time and the on-disk cache will be updated
       if possible.

       In some cases (modular kernels), block devices are not even visible until after they are
       accessed the first time, so it is critical that there is some way to locate these devices
       without enumerating only visible devices, so the use of the cache file is required in this


       The standard location of the /etc/blkid.conf config file can be overridden by the
       environment variable BLKID_CONF. For more details about the config file see blkid(8) man


       libblkid was written by Andreas Dilger for the ext2 filesystem utilities, with input from
       Ted Ts’o. The library was subsequently heavily modified by Ted Ts’o.

       The low-level probing code was rewritten by Karel Zak.


       libblkid is available under the terms of the GNU Library General Public License (LGPL),
       version 2 (or at your discretion any later version).


       blkid(8), findfs(8)


       For bug reports, use the issue tracker at


       The libblkid library is part of the util-linux package since version 2.15. It can be
       downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive <>.