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#1 2012-06-09 15:37:00

mloskot
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Format a device: create partition step missing?

Folks,

I think the Format a device is missing step about creating new partition, before creating filesystem with mkfs command in the step 2. Am I right or the current content is complete?


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#2 2012-06-09 15:53:30

tomk
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Re: Format a device: create partition step missing?

You are right.

The article is clearly marked as a stub, so feel free to expand it as you see fit.

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#3 2012-06-09 15:54:54

ewaller
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Re: Format a device: create partition step missing?

I had not seen that article before.  It probably could use some work; notably by clarifying what is  trying to document.

It appears that the article targets using the entire device for a file system rather than partitioning the device and creating a file system on each partition.  This is useful for things link thumb drives.  If my assumption as to the purpose of the article is correct, then no, there is not a missing step. 

You are correct if the purpose of the article was to document how to manage a multi-partition drive.  In any event, it is not my wiki article, but this is how I interpret it.


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#4 2012-06-09 16:44:58

mloskot
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Re: Format a device: create partition step missing?

ewaller wrote:

It appears that the article targets using the entire device for a file system rather than partitioning the device and creating a file system on each partition.

Hmm, how do you force fdisk to use entire device without even a single partition created?
AFAIK, for example, you can't mkfs on /dev/sdb, but /dev/sdb1.


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#5 2012-06-09 16:50:09

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Re: Format a device: create partition step missing?

mloskot wrote:

AFAIK, for example, you can't mkfs on /dev/sdb, but /dev/sdb1.

Sure you can.  When you mount it, you just mount /dev/sdx rather than /dev/sdx1, sdx2...
I have a collection of thumbdrives formatted with ext2 in just that manner


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