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MKFS.MINIX(8)                         System Administration                         MKFS.MINIX(8)

NAME
       mkfs.minix - make a Minix filesystem

SYNOPSIS
       mkfs.minix [options] device [size-in-blocks]

DESCRIPTION
       mkfs.minix creates a Linux MINIX filesystem on a device (usually a disk partition).

       The device is usually of the following form:

              /dev/hda[1–8] (IDE disk 1)
              /dev/hdb[1–8] (IDE disk 2)
              /dev/sda[1–8] (SCSI disk 1)
              /dev/sdb[1–8] (SCSI disk 2)

       The device may be a block device or a image file of one, but this is not enforced.  Expect
       not much fun on a character device :-).

       The size-in-blocks parameter is the desired size of the file system,  in  blocks.   It  is
       present only for backwards compatibility.  If omitted the size will be determined automat‐
       ically.  Only block counts strictly greater than 10  and  strictly  less  than  65536  are
       allowed.

OPTIONS
       -c, --check
              Check  the device for bad blocks before creating the filesystem.  If any are found,
              the count is printed.

       -n, --namelength length
              Specify the maximum length of filenames.  Currently, the only allowable values  are
              14  and  30 for file system versions 1 and 2.  Version 3 allows only value 60.  The
              default is 30.

       -i, --inodes number
              Specify the number of inodes for the filesystem.

       -l, --badblocks filename
              Read the list of bad blocks from filename.  The file has one bad-block  number  per
              line.  The count of bad blocks read is printed.

       -1     Make a Minix version 1 filesystem.  This is the default.

       -2, -v Make a Minix version 2 filesystem.

       -3     Make a Minix version 3 filesystem.

       -V, --version
              Display  version  information  and  exit.   The long option cannot be combined with
              other options.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

EXIT CODES
       The exit code returned by mkfs.minix is one of the following:

       0      No errors

       8      Operational error

       16     Usage or syntax error

SEE ALSO
       mkfs(8), fsck(8), reboot(8)

AVAILABILITY
       The  mkfs.minix  command  is  part  of  the  util-linux  package  and  is  available  from
       ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux                                  June 2015                               MKFS.MINIX(8)

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