mkfs.minix - make a Minix filesystem


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


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

   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 automatically.  Only block counts strictly
   greater than 10 and strictly less than 65536 are allowed.


   -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

   -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.


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

   0      No errors

   8      Operational error

   16     Usage or syntax error


   mkfs(8), fsck(8), reboot(8)


   The mkfs.minix command  is  part  of  the  util-linux  package  and  is
   available from


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