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       nvme-id-ns - Send NVMe Identify Namespace, return result and structure


       nvme id-ns <device> [-v | --vendor-specific] [-b | --raw-binary]
                           [--namespace-id=<nsid> | -n <nsid>]


       For the NVMe device given, sends an identify namespace command and provides the result and
       returned structure.

       The <device> parameter is mandatory and may be either the NVMe character device (ex:
       /dev/nvme0), or a namespace block device (ex: /dev/nvme0n1). If the character device is
       given, the '--namespace-id' option is mandatory, otherwise it will use the ns-id of the
       namespace for the block device you opened. For block devices, the ns-id used can be
       overridden with the same option.

       On success, the structure may be returned in one of several ways depending on the option
       flags; the structure may be parsed by the program or the raw buffer may be printed to


       -n <nsid>, --namespace-id=<nsid>
           Retrieve the identify namespace structure for the given nsid. This is required for the
           character devices, or overrides the block nsid if given.

       -b, --raw-binary
           Print the raw buffer to stdout. Structure is not parsed by program. This overrides the
           vendor specific and human readable options.

       -v, --vendor-specific
           In addition to parsing known fields, this option will dump the vendor specific region
           of the structure in hex with ascii interpretation.

       -H, --human-readable
           This option will parse and format many of the bit fields into human-readable formats.


       •   Has the program interpret the returned buffer and display the known fields in a human
           readable format:

               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1

       •   If using the character device or overriding namespace id:

               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0 -n 1
               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 -n 1
               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0 --namespace-id=1

       •   In addition to showing the known fields, have the program to display the vendor unique

               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 --vendor-specific
               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 -v

           The above will dump the 'vs' buffer in hex since it doesn’t know how to interpret it.

       •   Have the program return the raw structure in binary:

               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 --raw-binary > id_ns.raw
               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 -b > id_ns.raw

           It is probably a bad idea to not redirect stdout when using this mode.

       •   Alternatively you may want to send the data to another program that can parse the raw

               # nvme id-ns /dev/nvme0n1 --raw-binary | nvme_parse_id_ns

           The parse program in the above example can be a program that shows the structure in a
           way you like. The following program is such an example that will parse it and can
           accept the output through a pipe, '|', as shown in the above example, or you can 'cat'
           a saved output buffer to it.

           /* File: nvme_parse_id_ns.c */

           #include <linux/nvme.h>
           #include <stdio.h>
           #include <unistd.h>

           int main(int argc, char **argv)
                   unsigned char buf[sizeof(struct nvme_id_ns)];
                   struct nvme_id_ns *ns = (struct nvme_id_ns *)buf;

                   if (read(STDIN_FILENO, buf, sizeof(buf)))
                           return 1;

                   printf("nsze : %#llx\n", ns->nsze);
                   printf("ncap : %#llx\n", ns->ncap);
                   return 0;


       Part of the nvme-user suite