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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 partitions.  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 information (number of sectors and heads) is figured out from neighbouring  parti-
              tion 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  pre-
              vious partition.

       l length
              The  size  (length) of the partition, expressed in sectors.  If end is not given, mpartition figures out
              the size from the number of sectors, heads and cylinders.  If these are not given either, it  gives  the
              partition the biggest possible size, considering 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, mpartition 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 writing 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
       Mtools' texinfo doc

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mtools-4.0.12                       03Nov09                      mpartition(1)