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System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems     Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Information Library
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About This Book

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: Setting Up Disks (Tasks)

13.  x86: Setting Up Disks (Tasks)

14.  Configuring Oracle Solaris iSCSI Targets and Initiators (Tasks)

15.  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

16.  Managing File Systems (Overview)

17.  Creating and Mounting File Systems (Tasks)

18.  Using The CacheFS File System (Tasks)

19.  Configuring Additional Swap Space (Tasks)

20.  Checking UFS File System Consistency (Tasks)

21.  UFS File System (Reference)

22.  Backing Up and Restoring UFS File Systems (Overview)

23.  Backing Up UFS Files and File Systems (Tasks)

24.  Using UFS Snapshots (Tasks)

25.  Restoring UFS Files and File Systems (Tasks)

26.  UFS Backup and Restore Commands (Reference)

27.  Copying Files and File Systems (Tasks)

28.  Managing Tape Drives (Tasks)


Recommendations and Requirements for Using the format Utility

You must be superuser or have assumed an equivalent role to use the format utility. Otherwise, the following error message is displayed when you try to use the format utility:

$ format
Searching for disks...done
No permission (or no disks found)!

Keep the following guidelines in mind when you use the format utility and want to preserve the existing data: