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detect partitions

Terminal - detect partitions
2012-09-12 15:30:25
User: BasketCase
detect partitions

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


There are 16 alternatives - vote for the best!

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

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/*


blkid -c /dev/null
2012-09-12 13:34:41
User: mhs

`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)

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

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

diskutil list

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