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

       parted  is  a  disk  partitioning  and  partition resizing program.  It
       allows you to create, destroy, resize, move and copy ext2,  linux-swap,
       FAT,  FAT32,  and reiserfs partitions.  It can create, resize, and move
       Macintosh HFS partitions, as well as detect jfs,  ntfs,  ufs,  and  xfs
       partitions.  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; see near the bottom.

       -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 aligment  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.

              cp [source-device] source dest
                     Copy the source partition's filesystem  on  source-device
                     (or  the current device if no other device was specified)
                     to the dest partition on the current device.

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

              mkfs partition fs-type
                     Make a filesystem fs-type on partition.  fs-type  can  be
                     one  of "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "linux-swap", or "reis-

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

              mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
                     Make a part-type partition with  filesystem  fs-type  (if
                     specified),  beginning  at  start  and  ending at end (by
                     default in megabytes).  fs-type can be  one  of  "fat16",
                     "fat32", "ext2", "HFS", "linux-swap", "NTFS", "reiserfs",
                     or "ufs".  part-type should be one of  "primary",  "logi-
                     cal", or "extended".

              mkpartfs part-type fs-type start end
                     Make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type begin-
                     ning  at  start  and  ending  at  end  (by   default   in
                     megabytes).   Using this command is discouraged.  Instead
                     use mkpart to create an empty  partition,  and  then  use
                     external tools like mke2fs(8) to create the filesystem.

              move partition start end
                     Move  partition  so  that  it begins at start and ends at
                     end.  Note: move never changes the minor number.

              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.

              resize partition start end
              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", 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", "GB", "TB", "%"
                     (percentage of device  size),  "cyl"  (cylinders),  "chs"
                     (cylinders,  heads, sectors), or "compact" (megabytes for
                     input, and a human-friendly form for output).

                     Display version information and a copyright message.

       ext3 filesystem functionality does not currently work.  To manage  ext3
       type  filesystems  use tools like resize2fs(8) or mke2fs(8).  Note that
       the currently supported ext2 filesystem will be  deprecated  once  ext3
       support is finalized.  Further note that ext3 support will have limited
       functionality that is yet to be defined.  Use tools  like  resize2fs(8)
       and mke2fs(8) to manage these types of filesystems.

       To   manually   resize  an  ext3  filesystem  and/or  a  partition  use
       resize2fs(8), fdisk(8) or similar tools.  For LVM situations, you  will
       need to use the LVM commands to resize the LVM elements.

       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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