mpartition



mpartition(1)                                                    mpartition(1)




Name

       mpartition - partition an MSDOS hard disk




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Description

       The  mpartition  command is used to create MS-DOS filesystems as parti-
       tions.  This is intended to be used on non-Linux systems, i.e.  systems
       where  fdisk  and  easy access to Scsi devices are not available.  This
       command only works on drives whose partition variable is set.

       mpartition -p drive
       mpartition -r drive
       mpartition -I [-B bootSector] drive
       mpartition -a drive
       mpartition -d drive
       mpartition -c [-s sectors] [-h heads]
       [-t cylinders] [-v [-T type] [-b
       begin] [-l length] [-f]



       Mpartition supports the following operations:

       p      Prints a command line to recreate the partition for  the  drive.
              Nothing  is  printed  if  the  partition  for  the  drive is not
              defined, or an inconsistency has been detected.  If verbose (-v)
              is also set, prints the current partition table.

       r      Removes the partition described by drive.

       I      Initializes the partition table, and removes all partitions.

       c      Creates the partition described by drive.

       a      "Activates"  the  partition,  i.e.  makes it bootable.  Only one
              partition can be bootable at a time.

       d      "Desactivates" the partition, i.e. makes it unbootable.

       If no operation is given, the current settings are printed.

       For partition creations, the following options are available:

       s sectors
              The number of sectors per track of the partition (which is  also
              the number of sectors per track for the whole drive).

       h heads
              The  number  of heads of the partition (which is also the number
              of heads for the whole drive).  By default, the geometry  infor-
              mation  (number of sectors and heads) is figured out from neigh-
              bouring partition table entries, or guessed from the size.

       t cylinders
              The number of cylinders of the  partition  (not  the  number  of
              cylinders of the whole drive.

       b begin
              The  starting  offset of the partition, expressed in sectors. If
              begin is not given, mpartition lets the partition begin  at  the
              start of the disk (partition number 1), or immediately after the
              end of the previous partition.

       l length
              The size (length) of the partition, expressed  in  sectors.   If
              end  is not given, mpartition figures out the size from the num-
              ber of sectors, heads and cylinders.  If  these  are  not  given
              either,  it  gives the partition the biggest possible size, con-
              sidering disk size and start of the next partition.

       The following option is available for all operation  which  modify  the
       partition table:

       f      Usually, before writing back any changes to the partition, mpar-
              tition performs certain consistenct checks, such as checking for
              overlaps  and  proper  alignment  of  the partitions.  If any of
              these checks fails, the partition table is not changes.  The  -f
              allows you to override these safeguards.

       The following options are available for all operations:

       v      Together  with  -p  prints  the partition table as it is now (no
              change operation), or as it is after it is modified.

       vv     If the verbosity flag is given twice, mpartition will print  out
              a  hexdump of the partition table when reading it from and writ-
              ing it to the device.

       The following option is available for partition table initialization:

       B bootSector
              Reads the template master boot record from file bootSector.



See Also

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mtools-3.9.9                        03Mar03                      mpartition(1)

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