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       mkfs.minix - make a Linux MINIX filesystem


       mkfs.minix [-c|-l filename] [-n namelength] [-i inodecount] [-v] device


       mkfs.minix creates a Linux MINIX file-system on  a  device  (usually  a
       disk partition).

       The device is usually of the following form:

              /dev/hda[1-8] (IDE disk 1)
              /dev/hdb[1-8] (IDE disk 2)
              /dev/sda[1-8] (SCSI disk 1)
              /dev/sdb[1-8] (SCSI disk 2)

       The size-in-blocks parameter is the desired size of the file system, in
       blocks.  It is present only for backwards  compatibility.   If  omitted
       the  size will be determined automatically.  Only block counts strictly
       greater than 10 and strictly less than 65536 are allowed.


       -c     Check the device for bad blocks before creating the file system.
              If any are found, the count is printed.

       -n namelength
              Specify  the  maximum  length of filenames.  Currently, the only
              allowable values are 14 and 30.  The default is  30.  Note  that
              kernels older than 0.99p7 only accept namelength 14.

       -i inodecount
              Specify the number of inodes for the filesystem.

       -l filename
              Read  the  bad  blocks list from filename.  The file has one bad
              block number per line.  The count of bad blocks read is printed.

       -v     Make a Minix version 2 filesystem.


       The exit code returned by mkfs.minix is one of the following:

       0      No errors

       8      Operational error

       16     Usage or syntax error


       mkfs(8), fsck(8), reboot(8)


       The  mkfs.minix  command  is  part  of the util-linux-ng package and is
       available from