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PARTED(8)                      GNU Parted Manual                     PARTED(8)

       GNU Parted - a partition manipulation program

       parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]

       parted  is  a disk partitioning and partition resizing program.  It allows you to create, destroy, resize, move
       and copy ext2, linux-swap, FAT, FAT32, and reiserfs partitions.  It can create, resize, and move Macintosh  HFS
       partitions,  as  well  as  detect  jfs, ntfs, ufs, and xfs partitions.  It is useful for creating space for new
       operating systems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.

       This manual page documents parted briefly.  Complete documentation is distributed with the package in GNU  Info
       format; see near the bottom.

       -h, --help
              displays a help message

       -l, --list
              lists partition layout on all block devices

       -m, --machine
              displays machine parseable output

       -s, --script
              never prompts for user intervention

       -v, --version
              displays the version

       -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
              Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment types are:

              none   Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk type.

                     Align partitions to cylinders.

                     Use  minimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This and the opt value will use
                     layout information provided by the disk to align the logical partition table addresses to  actual
                     physical  blocks  on the disks.  The min value is the minimum aligment needed to align the parti-
                     tion properly to physical blocks, which avoids performance degradation.

                     Use optimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This aligns to a multiple of the
                     physical block size in a way that guarantees optimal performance.

              The block device to be used.  When none is given, parted will use the first block device it finds.

       [command [options]]
              Specifies  the  command  to  be executed.  If no command is given, parted will present a command prompt.
              Possible commands are:

              align-check alignment-type partition
                     Determine whether the starting sector of partition is aligned for the  disk.   alignment-type  is
                     "minimal" or "optimal".

              check partition
                     Do a simple check on partition.

              cp [source-device] source dest
                     Copy the source partition's filesystem on source-device (or the current device if no other device
                     was specified) to the dest partition on the current device.

              help [command]
                     Print general help, or help on command if specified.

              mkfs partition fs-type
                     Make a filesystem fs-type on partition. fs-type can be one of "fat16", "fat32",  "ext2",  "linux-
                     swap", or "reiserfs".

              mklabel label-type
                     Create  a  new  disklabel  (partition  table)  of label-type.  label-type should be one of "bsd",
                     "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".

              mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
                     Make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type (if specified), beginning at start and  ending
                     at end (by default in megabytes).  fs-type can be one of "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "HFS", "linux-
                     swap", "NTFS", "reiserfs", or "ufs".   part-type  should  be  one  of  "primary",  "logical",  or

              mkpartfs part-type fs-type start end
                     Make  a  part-type  partition  with  filesystem  fs-type beginning at start and ending at end (by
                     default in megabytes).  Using this command is discouraged.  Instead use mkpart to create an empty
                     partition, and then use external tools like mke2fs(8) to create the filesystem.

              move partition start end
                     Move  partition  so  that it begins at start and ends at end.  Note: move never changes the minor

              name partition name
                     Set the name of partition to name. This option works only on Mac, PC98, and GPT  disklabels.  The
                     name can be placed in quotes, if necessary.

              print  Display the partition table.

              quit   Exit from parted.

              rescue start end
                     Rescue  a  lost  partition  that  was located somewhere between start and end.  If a partition is
                     found, parted will ask if you want to create an entry for it in the partition table.

              resize partition start end
                     Resize the filesystem on partition so that it begins at start and ends  at  end  (by  default  in

              rm partition
                     Delete partition.

              select device
                     Choose  device  as the current device to edit. device should usually be a Linux hard disk device,
                     but it can be a partition, software raid device, or an LVM logical volume if necessary.

              set partition flag state
                     Change the state of the flag on partition to state.  Supported flags are: "boot", "root", "swap",
                     "hidden",  "raid", "lvm", "lba", "legacy_boot" and "palo".  state should be either "on" or "off".

              unit unit
                     Set unit as the unit to use when displaying locations and sizes, and for interpreting those given
                     by  the  user  when  not  suffixed  with an explicit unit.  unit can be one of "s" (sectors), "B"
                     (bytes), "kB", "MB", "GB", "TB", "%"  (percentage  of  device  size),  "cyl"  (cylinders),  "chs"
                     (cylinders,  heads,  sectors),  or  "compact" (megabytes for input, and a human-friendly form for

                     Display version information and a copyright message.

       ext3 filesystem functionality does not currently  work.   To  manage  ext3  type  filesystems  use  tools  like
       resize2fs(8) or mke2fs(8).  Note that the currently supported ext2 filesystem will be deprecated once ext3 sup-
       port is finalized.  Further note that ext3 support will have limited functionality that is yet to  be  defined.
       Use tools like resize2fs(8) and mke2fs(8) to manage these types of filesystems.

       To  manually resize an ext3 filesystem and/or a partition use resize2fs(8), fdisk(8) or similar tools.  For LVM
       situations, you will need to use the LVM commands to resize the LVM elements.

       Report bugs to <>

       fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented in the info(1) format GNU partitioning software  man-

       This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be
       used by others).

parted                           2007 March 29                       PARTED(8)