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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     bsdlabel -- read and write disk pack label

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     bsdlabel [-A] disk
     bsdlabel -w [-An] [-B [-b boot]] [-m machine] disk [type]
     bsdlabel -e [-An] [-B [-b boot]] [-m machine] disk
     bsdlabel -R [-An] [-B [-b boot]] [-m machine] disk protofile

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The bsdlabel utility installs, examines or modifies the BSD label on a
     disk partition.  In addition, bsdlabel can install bootstrap code.

   Disk Device Name    [Toc]    [Back]
     When specifying the device, the /dev/ path prefix may be omitted; the
     bsdlabel utility will automatically prepend it.

   General Options    [Toc]    [Back]
     The -A option enables processing of the historical parts of the BSD
     label.  If the option is not given, suitable values are set for these

     The -n stops the bsdlabel program right before the disk would have been
     modified, and displays the result instead of writing it.

     The -m machine argument instructs bsdlabel to use the layout suitable for
     the specified machine.

   Reading the Disk Label    [Toc]    [Back]
     To examine the label on a disk drive, use bsdlabel without options:

     bsdlabel [-A] [-m machine] disk

     disk represents the disk in question, and may be in the form da0 or
     /dev/da0.	It will display the partition layout.

   Writing a Standard Label    [Toc]    [Back]
     To write a standard label, use the form

     bsdlabel -w [-An] [-m machine] disk [type]

     If the drive type is specified, the entry of that name in the disktab(5)
     file is used; otherwise a default layout is used.

   Editing an Existing Disk Label    [Toc]    [Back]
     To edit an existing disk label, use the form

     bsdlabel -e [-An] [-m machine] disk

     This command opens the disk label in the default editor, and when the
     editor exits, the label is validated and if OK written to disk.

   Restoring a Disk Label From a File    [Toc]    [Back]
     To restore a disk label from a file, use the form

     bsdlabel -R [-An] [-m machine] disk protofile

     bsdlabel is capable of restoring a disk label that was previously saved
     in a file in ASCII format.  The prototype file used to create the label
     should be in the same format as that produced when reading or editing a
     label.  Comments are delimited by `#' and newline.

   Installing Bootstraps    [Toc]    [Back]
     If the -B argument is specified, bootstrap code will be read from the
     file /boot/boot and written to the disk.  The -b boot argument allows a
     different file to be used.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /boot/boot    Default boot image.
     /etc/disktab  Disk description file.

SAVED FILE FORMAT    [Toc]    [Back]

     The bsdlabel utility uses an ASCII version of the label when examining,
     editing, or restoring a disk label.  The format is:

	 8 partitions:
	 #	  size	 offset    fstype   [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
	   a:	 81920	      0    4.2BSD     1024  8192    16
	   b:	160000	  81920      swap
	   c:  1173930	      0    unused	 0     0	 # "raw" part, don't edit

     If the -A option is specified, the format is:

	 # /dev/da1c:
	 type: SCSI
	 disk: da0s1
	 bytes/sector: 512
	 sectors/track: 51
	 tracks/cylinder: 19
	 sectors/cylinder: 969
	 cylinders: 1211
	 sectors/unit: 1173930
	 rpm: 3600
	 interleave: 1
	 trackskew: 0
	 cylinderskew: 0
	 headswitch: 0		 # milliseconds
	 track-to-track seek: 0  # milliseconds
	 drivedata: 0

	 8 partitions:
	 #	  size	 offset    fstype   [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
	   a:	 81920	      0    4.2BSD     1024  8192    16
	   b:	160000	  81920      swap
	   c:  1173930	      0    unused	 0     0	 # "raw" part, don't edit

     Lines starting with a `#' mark are comments.

     The partition table can have up to 8 entries.  It contains the following

     #	     The partition identifier is a single letter in the range `a' to
	     `h'.  By convention, partition `c' is reserved to describe the
	     entire disk.

     size    The size of the partition in sectors, K (kilobytes - 1024), M
	     (megabytes - 1024*1024), G (gigabytes - 1024*1024*1024), % (percentage
 of free space after removing any fixed-size partitions
	     other than partition `c'), or * (all remaining free space after
	     fixed-size and percentage partitions).  For partition `c', a size
	     of * indicates the entire disk.  Lowercase versions of K, M, and
	     G are allowed.  Size and type should be specifed without any spaces
 between them.

	     Example: 2097152, 1G, 1024M and 1048576K are all the same size
	     (assuming 512-byte sectors).

     offset  The offset of the start of the partition from the beginning of
	     the drive in sectors, or * to have bsdlabel calculate the correct
	     offset to use (the end of the previous partition plus one, ignoring
 partition `c'.  For partition `c', * will be interpreted as
	     an offset of 0.

     fstype  Describes the purpose of the partition.  The example shows all
	     currently used partition types.  For UFS file systems and ccd(4)
	     partitions, use type 4.2BSD.  For Vinum drives, use type vinum.
	     Other common types are swap and unused.  By convention, partition
	     `c' represents the entire slice and should be of type unused,
	     though bsdlabel does not enforce this convention.	The bsdlabel
	     utility also knows about a number of other partition types, none
	     of which are in current use.  (See the definitions starting with
	     FS_UNUSED in <sys/disklabel.h> for more details.)

     fsize   For 4.2BSD and LFS file systems only, the fragment size.
	     Defaults to 1024 for partitions smaller than 1GB, 4096 for partitions
 1GB or larger.

     bsize   For 4.2BSD and LFS file systems only, the block size.  Defaults
	     to 8192 for partitions smaller than 1GB, 16384 for partitions 1GB
	     or larger.

	     For 4.2BSD file systems, the number of cylinders in a cylinder
	     group.  For LFS file systems, the segment shift value.  Defaults
	     to 16 for partitions smaller than 1GB, 64 for partitions 1GB or

EXAMPLES    [Toc]    [Back]

	   bsdlabel da0s1

     Display the label for the first slice of the da0 disk, as obtained via

	   bsdlabel da0s1 > savedlabel

     Save the in-core label for da0s1 into the file savedlabel.  This file can
     be used with the -R option to restore the label at a later date.

	   bsdlabel -w /dev/da0s1

     Create a label for da0s1.

	   bsdlabel -e da0s1

     Read the label for da0s1, edit it, and install the result.

	   bsdlabel -e -n da0s1

     Read the on-disk label for da0s1, edit it, and display what the new label
     would be (in sectors).  It does not install the new label either in-core
     or on-disk.

	   bsdlabel -w da0s1

     Write a default label on da0s1.  Use another bsdlabel -e command to edit
     the partitioning and file system information.

	   bsdlabel -R da0s1 savedlabel

     Restore the on-disk and in-core label for da0s1 from information in

	   bsdlabel -R -n da0s1 label_layout

     Display what the label would be for da0s1 using the partition layout in
     label_layout.  This is useful for determining how much space would be
     alloted for various partitions with a labelling scheme using %-based or *
     partition sizes.

	   bsdlabel -B da0s1

     Install a new bootstrap on da0s1.	The boot code comes from /boot/boot.

	   bsdlabel -w -B -b newboot /dev/da0s1

     Install a new label and bootstrap.  The bootstrap code comes from the
     file newboot in the current working directory.

	   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=512 count=32
	   fdisk -BI da0
	   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0s1 bs=512 count=32
	   bsdlabel -w -B da0s1
	   bsdlabel -e da0s1

     Completely wipe any prior information on the disk, creating a new
     bootable disk with a DOS partition table containing one slice, covering
     the whole disk.  Initialize the label on this slice, then edit it.  The
     dd(1) commands are optional, but may be necessary for some BIOSes to
     properly recognize the disk.

     This is an example disk label that uses some of the new partition size
     types such as %, M, G, and *, which could be used as a source file for
     ``bsdlabel -R ad0s1c new_label_file'':

	 # /dev/ad0s1c:

	 8 partitions:
	 #	  size	 offset    fstype   [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
	   a:	400M	    0	 4.2BSD     4096 16384	  75	 # (Cyl.    0 - 812*)
	   b:	  1G	    *	   swap
	   c:	   *	    *	 unused
	   e: 204800	    *	 4.2BSD
	   f:	  5g	    *	 4.2BSD
	   g:	   *	    *	 4.2BSD

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     ccd(4), geom(4), md(4), disktab(5), boot0cfg(8), fdisk(8)

DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The kernel device drivers will not allow the size of a disk partition to
     be decreased or the offset of a partition to be changed while it is open.

FreeBSD 5.2.1			March 15, 2003			 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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