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System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Managing Removable Media (Overview)

2.  Managing Removable Media (Tasks)

3.  Accessing Removable Media (Tasks)

4.  Writing CDs and DVDs (Tasks)

5.  Managing Devices (Overview/Tasks)

6.  Dynamically Configuring Devices (Tasks)

7.  Using USB Devices (Overview)

8.  Using USB Devices (Tasks)

9.  Using InfiniBand Devices (Overview/Tasks)

10.  Managing Disks (Overview)

11.  Administering Disks (Tasks)

12.  SPARC: Adding a Disk (Tasks)

13.  x86: Adding a Disk (Tasks)

14.  Configuring iSCSI Storage Devices With COMSTAR

15.  Configuring and Managing the Solaris Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS)

16.  Managing Disk Use (Tasks)

17.  The format Utility (Reference)

Recommendations and Requirements for Using the format Utility

format Menu and Command Descriptions

partition Menu

x86: fdisk Menu

analyze Menu

defect Menu

format.dat File

Contents of the format.dat File

Syntax of the format.dat File

Keywords in the format.dat File

Disk Type (format.dat)

Partition Tables (format.dat)

Specifying an Alternate Data File for the format Utility

Rules for Input to format Commands

Specifying Numbers to format Commands

Specifying Block Numbers to format Commands

Specifying format Command Names

Specifying Disk Names to format Commands

Getting Help on the format Utility

18.  Managing File Systems (Overview)

19.  Creating ZFS, UFS, TMPFS, and LOFS File Systems (Tasks)

20.  Mounting and Unmounting File Systems (Tasks)

21.  Configuring Additional Swap Space (Tasks)

22.  Copying Files and File Systems (Tasks)

23.  Managing Tape Drives (Tasks)


Getting Help on the format Utility

The format utility provides a help facility that you can use whenever the format utility is expecting input. You can request help about what input is expected by typing a question mark (?). The format utility displays a brief description of what type of input is needed.

If you type a ? at a menu prompt, a list of available commands is displayed.

The man pages associated with the format utility include the following: