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PDISK(8)                  BSD System Manager's Manual                 PDISK(8)

NAME
     pdisk -- Apple partition table editor

SYNOPSIS
     pdisk [-h | --help] [-v | --version] [-l | --list] [[name ...]]

     pdisk [r | -readonly] device ...

DESCRIPTION
     pdisk is a menu driven program which partitions disks using the standard
     Apple disk partitioning scheme described in "Inside Macintosh: Devices".
     It does not support the intel/dos partitioning scheme supported by fdisk.

     device is of the following form:
     /dev/disk0s
     /dev/disk0s1
     etc.

OPTIONS
     -v | --version
              Prints version number of the pdisk program.

     -h | --help
              Prints a rather lame set of help messages for the pdisk program.

     -l | --list
              If no names are present then lists the partition tables for
              /dev/disk0s, /dev/disk0s1, /dev/disk0s2, and so on.  Otherwise,
              lists the partition tables for the specified names.

     -r | --readonly
              Prevents pdisk from writing to the device.

Editing Partition Tables
     An argument which is simply the name of a device indicates that pdisk
     should edit the partition table of that device.

     The current top level editing commands are:
     h        command help
     p        print the partition table
     P        (print ordered by base address)
     i        initialize partition map
     s        change size of partition map
     c        create new partition
     C        (create with type also specified)
     d        delete a partition
     r        reorder partition entry in map
     w        write the partition table
     q        quit without saving changes

     Commands which take arguments prompt for each argument in turn.  You can
     also type any number of the arguments separated by spaces and those
     prompts will be skipped.  The only exception to typeahead are the confir-
     mation prompts on the i and w commands.  The idea being that if we expect
     you to confirm the decision we shouldn't undermine that by allowing you
     to be precipitate about it.

     Partitions are always specified by their number, which the index of the
     partition entry in the partition map.  Most of the commands will change
     the index numbers of all partitions after the affected partition.  You
     are advised to print the table as frequently as necessary.

     Creating more than fifteen partitions is not advised.  There is currently
     a bug in the some (all?) of the kernels which causes access to the whole
     disk fail if more than fifteen partitions are in the map.

     The c (create new partition) command is the only one with complicated
     arguments.  The first argument is the base address (in blocks) of the
     partition.  Besides a raw number, you can also specify a partition number
     followed by the letter 'p' to indicate that the first block of the new
     partition should be the same as the first block of that existing free
     space partition.  The second argument is the length of the partition in
     blocks.  This can be a raw number or can be a partition number followed
     by the letter 'p' to use the size of that partition or can be a number
     followed by 'k', 'm', or 'g' to indicate the size in kilobytes,
     megabytes, or gigabytes respectively.  (These are powers of 1024, of
     course, not powers of 1000.)  The last argument is the name of the parti-
     tion.  This can be a single word without quotes, or a string surrounded
     by single or double quotes.

     The C command is identical to the c command, with the addition of a par-
     tition type argument after the other arguments.

     The r (reorder) command allows the index number of partitions to be
     changed.  The index numbers are constrained to be a contiguous sequence.

     The i (initialize) command prompts for the size of the device.  This was
     done to get around a bug in the kernel where it reports the wrong size
     for the device.

     The w (write) command does write the partition map out.

BUGS
     pdisk should be able to create HFS partitions that work.

     Even more help should be available during user input.

Darwin                          March 24, 2001                          Darwin