detect partitions

blkid -c /dev/null
`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/ or /etc/blkid/ (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)
Sample Output
# blkid -pi -c /dev/null /dev/sda

# blkid -c /dev/null
/dev/mapper/srv-lvol0: UUID="ff838430-4058-47a4-abf8-91362eb57ba1" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol01: TYPE="swap" 
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol02: UUID="2ba64b56-9c0c-40e1-a17b-c1bfe2040007" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00: UUID="c22f3324-8c93-4bd3-b376-eed363e0c15f" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/cciss/c0d4: UUID="07bc6be5-6f4e-409a-940c-b5ba398dd7b5" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/cciss/c0d0p1: LABEL="/boot" UUID="0cfeec27-0c44-4991-a2cb-1e881dfb98c3" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00: UUID="c22f3324-8c93-4bd3-b376-eed363e0c15f" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01: TYPE="swap" 
/dev/loop0: LABEL="NOLABEL" TYPE="iso9660" 
/dev/loop1: LABEL="RMO_CDROM" TYPE="iso9660" 
/dev/mapper/mpath4: UUID="07bc6be5-6f4e-409a-940c-b5ba398dd7b5" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/mapper/mpath29p1: LABEL="ORADATA001" TYPE="oracleasm" 
/dev/mapper/mpath16p1: UUID="79028217-73cf-497c-bcb4-2bde1cbebdeb" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/mapper/mpath18p1: UUID="e361ac4f-a9d3-4250-a14c-1cac6881844f" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/loop2: LABEL="INST_CD" TYPE="iso9660"

By: mhs
2012-09-12 13:34:41

7 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • 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.. Show Sample Output

    file -s /dev/sd*
    mhs · 2010-12-28 09:56:03 1
  • Shows all block devices in a tree with descruptions of what they are.

    BasketCase · 2012-09-12 15:30:25 0

  • 0
    sudo file -bs /dev/sda | sed -e 's/.*partition 1\(.*\) code offset.*/partition 1\1/g' -e 's/\(.\);/\1\n/g'
    jlaunay · 2012-08-17 12:54:05 2
  • Another alternative to blkid, lsblk, file -s, cat /proc/paritions, fdisk -l, etc.. Show Sample Output

    fsarchvier probe simple
    0xFF · 2013-04-28 10:16:18 0

  • -1
    diskutil list
    grahamperrin · 2012-10-06 21:18:27 0

What Others Think

is blkid a built-in command ?
seca · 370 weeks 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.
mhs · 370 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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