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       GNU Parted - a partition manipulation program

       parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]

       parted  is a program to manipulate disk partitions.  It supports multi-
       ple partition table formats, including MS-DOS and GPT.   It  is  useful
       for  creating space for new operating systems, reorganising disk usage,
       and copying data to new hard disks.

       This manual page documents parted briefly.  Complete  documentation  is
       distributed with the package in GNU Info format.

       -h, --help
              displays a help message

       -l, --list
              lists partition layout on all block devices

       -m, --machine
              displays machine parseable output

       -s, --script
              never prompts for user intervention

       -v, --version
              displays the version

       -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
              Set  alignment  for  newly  created  partitions, valid alignment
              types are:

              none   Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk type.

                     Align partitions to cylinders.

                     Use minimum alignment  as  given  by  the  disk  topology
                     information.  This  and  the  opt  value  will use layout
                     information provided by the disk  to  align  the  logical
                     partition  table  addresses  to actual physical blocks on
                     the disks.  The min value is the minimum alignment needed
                     to align the partition properly to physical blocks, which
                     avoids performance degradation.

                     Use optimum alignment  as  given  by  the  disk  topology
                     information.  This  aligns  to a multiple of the physical
                     block size in a way that guarantees optimal performance.

              The block device to be used.  When none is  given,  parted  will
              use the first block device it finds.

       [command [options]]
              Specifies  the  command to be executed.  If no command is given,
              parted will present a command prompt.  Possible commands are:

              help [command]
                     Print general help, or help on command if specified.

              align-check type partition
                     Check if partition satisfies the alignment constraint  of
                     type.  type must be "minimal" or "optimal".

              mklabel label-type
                     Create  a  new disklabel (partition table) of label-type.
                     label-type should be one of "aix", "amiga", "bsd", "dvh",
                     "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".

              mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
                     Make  a  part-type  partition  for filesystem fs-type (if
                     specified), beginning at start  and  ending  at  end  (by
                     default  in megabytes).  part-type should be one of "pri-
                     mary", "logical", or "extended".

              name partition name
                     Set the name of partition to name. This option works only
                     on  Mac, PC98, and GPT disklabels. The name can be placed
                     in quotes, if necessary.

              print  Display the partition table.

              quit   Exit from parted.

              rescue start end
                     Rescue  a  lost  partition  that  was  located  somewhere
                     between  start  and end.  If a partition is found, parted
                     will ask if you want to create an entry  for  it  in  the
                     partition table.

              resizepart partition end
                     Change  the  end  position  of partition.  Note that this
                     does not modify any filesystem present in the partition.

              rm partition
                     Delete partition.

              select device
                     Choose device as  the  current  device  to  edit.  device
                     should usually be a Linux hard disk device, but it can be
                     a partition, software raid device, or an LVM logical vol-
                     ume if necessary.

              set partition flag state
                     Change the state of the flag on partition to state.  Sup-
                     ported  flags  are:  "boot",  "root",  "swap",  "hidden",
                     "raid",  "lvm",  "lba",  "legacy_boot", "irst", "esp" and
                     "palo".  state should be either "on" or "off".

              unit unit
                     Set unit as the unit to use when displaying locations and
                     sizes,  and for interpreting those given by the user when
                     not suffixed with an explicit unit.  unit can be  one  of
                     "s"  (sectors),  "B"  (bytes),  "kB",  "MB", "MiB", "GB",
                     "GiB", "TB", "TiB",  "%"  (percentage  of  device  size),
                     "cyl"  (cylinders), "chs" (cylinders, heads, sectors), or
                     "compact" (megabytes for input, and a human-friendly form
                     for output).

              toggle partition flag
                     Toggle the state of flag on partition.

                     Display version information and a copyright message.

       Report bugs to <>

       fdisk(8),  mkfs(8),  The  parted  program  is  fully  documented in the
       info(1) format GNU partitioning software manual  which  is  distributed
       with the parted-doc Debian package.

       This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll <>, for
       the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

parted                           2007 March 29                       PARTED(8)
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