Section: System Administration (8)
Updated: March 2014
cfdisk is a curses/slang-based program for partitioning any block device. The default device is /dev/sda.
Since version 2.25 cfdisk supports MBR (DOS), GPT, SUN and SGI disk labels, but no longer provides any functionality for CHS (Cylinder-Head-Sector) addressing. CHS has never been important for Linux, and this addressing concept does not make any sense for new devices.
The commands for cfdisk can be entered by pressing the corresponding key (pressing Enter after the command is not necessary). Here is a list of the available commands:
The size may be followed by a multiplicative suffix: KiB (=1024), MiB (=1024*1024), and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB, ZiB and YiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g. "K" has the same meaning as "KiB").
All commands can be entered with either uppercase or lowercase letters (except for Write). When in a submenu or at a prompt for entering a size, you can hit the ESC key to return to the main menu.
Implicit coloring can be disabled by creating the empty file /etc/terminal-colors.d/cfdisk.disable.
See (5) for more details about colorization configuration.
cfdisk does not support color customization with a color-scheme file.
Karel Zak <[email protected]>
The current cfdisk implementation is based on the original cfdisk from Kevin E. Martin ([email protected]).
The cfdisk command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.
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