mkfs [options] [-t type] [fs-options] device [size]

       This  mkfs  frontend  is  deprecated  in  favour of filesystem specific
       mkfs.<type> utils.

       mkfs is used to build a Linux filesystem on a device,  usually  a  hard
       disk  partition.   The  device argument is either the device name (e.g.
       /dev/hda1, /dev/sdb2),  or  a  regular  file  that  shall  contain  the
       filesystem.   The  size argument is the number of blocks to be used for
       the filesystem.

       The exit code returned by mkfs is 0 on success and 1 on failure.

       In actuality, mkfs is simply a front-end  for  the  various  filesystem
       builders  (mkfs.fstype) available under Linux.  The filesystem-specific
       builder is searched for via your PATH environment setting only.  Please
       see the filesystem-specific builder manual pages for further details.

       -t, --type type
              Specify  the  type of filesystem to be built.  If not specified,
              the default filesystem type (currently ext2) is used.

              Filesystem-specific options to be passed to the real  filesystem

       -V, --verbose
              Produce  verbose  output, including all filesystem-specific com-
              mands that are executed.  Specifying this option more than  once
              inhibits execution of any filesystem-specific commands.  This is
              really only useful for testing.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.  (Option -V  will  display
              version  information  only when it is the only parameter, other-
              wise it will work as --verbose.)

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       All generic options must precede and not be combined  with  filesystem-
       specific  options.   Some filesystem-specific programs do not automati-
       cally detect the device size and require the size parameter to be spec-

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       The  manual  page  was shamelessly adapted from Remy Card's version for
       the ext2 filesystem.
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