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detect partitions

Terminal - detect partitions
blkid -c /dev/null
2012-09-12 13:34:41
User: mhs
2
detect partitions

`blkid` is an interface to libuuid - it can read Device Mapper, EVMS, LVM, MD, and regular block devices.

-c /dev/null - Do not use cached output from /etc/blkid.tab or /etc/blkid/blkid.tab (RHEL)

-i - Display I/O Limits (aka I/O topology) information (not available in RHEL)

-p - Low-level superblock probing mode (not available in RHEL)

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
file -s /dev/sd*
2010-12-28 09:56:03
User: mhs
Functions: file
Tags: file devfs
24

file(1) can print details about certain devices in the /dev/ directory (block devices in this example). This helped me to know at a glance the location and revision of my bootloader, UUIDs, filesystem status, which partitions were primaries / logicals, etc.. without running several commands.

See also:

file -s /dev/dm-* file -s /dev/cciss/*

etc..

lsblk -o NAME,TYPE,FSTYPE,LABEL,SIZE,MODEL,MOUNTPOINT
2012-09-12 15:30:25
User: BasketCase
2

Shows all block devices in a tree with descruptions of what they are.

sudo file -bs /dev/sda | sed -e 's/.*partition 1\(.*\) code offset.*/partition 1\1/g' -e 's/\(.\);/\1\n/g'
fsarchvier probe simple
0

Another alternative to blkid, lsblk, file -s, cat /proc/paritions, fdisk -l, etc..

diskutil list

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What others think

is blkid a built-in command ?

Comment by seca 4 weeks and 4 days ago

The util-linux package provides blkid, as well as other similar commands such as lsblk, wipefs, and blockdev. Almost every Linux distribution has util-linux.

Comment by mhs 4 weeks and 4 days ago

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