Commands using losetup (3)

  • It's common to want to split up large files and the usual method is to use split(1). If you have a 10GiB file, you'll need 10GiB of free space. Then the OS has to read 10GiB and write 10GiB (usually on the same filesystem). This takes AGES. . The command uses a set of loop block devices to create fake chunks, but without making any changes to the file. This means the file splitting is nearly instantaneous. The example creates a 1GiB file, then splits it into 16 x 64MiB chunks (/dev/loop0 .. loop15). . Note: This isn't a drop-in replacement for using split. The results are block devices. tar and zip won't do what you expect when given block devices. . These commands will work: hexdump /dev/loop4 . gzip -9 < /dev/loop6 > part6.gz . cat /dev/loop10 > /media/usb/part10.bin Show Sample Output


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    FILE=file_name; CHUNK=$((64*1024*1024)); SIZE=$(stat -c "%s" $FILE); for ((i=0; i < $SIZE; i+=$CHUNK)); do losetup --find --show --offset=$i --sizelimit=$CHUNK $FILE; done
    flatcap · 2014-10-03 13:18:19 2
  • You need to be root to do this. So check the command before running it. You enter the same password for Enter LUKS passphrase: Verify passphrase: Enter passphrase for /dev/loopn: ___ You can then copy the .img file to somewhere else. Loop it it with losetup -f IMAGENAME.img and then mount it with a file manager (eg nemo) or run mount /dev/loopn /media/mountfolder Acts similar to a mounted flash drive Show Sample Output


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    edrv() { N=${1:-edrv}; truncate -s ${2:-256m} $N.img && L=$(losetup -f) && losetup $L $N.img && cryptsetup luksFormat --batch-mode $L && cryptsetup luksOpen $L $N && mkfs.vfat /dev/mapper/$N -n $N; cryptsetup luksClose $N; echo losetup -d $L to unmount; }
    snipertyler · 2014-02-24 01:38:21 3

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    losetup /dev/loop0 harddrive.img; kpartx -a -v /dev/loop0; mount /dev/mapper/loop0p1 /mountpoint/
    oernii3 · 2010-10-30 11:52:11 3

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