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|man pages section 7: Device and Network Interfaces Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10|
- common disk driver
cmdk@target, lun : [ partition | slice ]
The cmdk device driver is a common interface to various disk devices. The driver supports magnetic fixed disks and magnetic removable disks.
The cmdk device driver supports three different disk labels: fdisk partition table, Solaris x86 VTOC and EFI/GPT.
The block-files access the disk using the system's normal buffering mechanism and are read and written without regard to physical disk records. There is also a "raw" interface that provides for direct transmission between the disk and the user's read or write buffer. A single read or write call usually results in one I/O operation; raw I/O is therefore considerably more efficient when many bytes are transmitted. The names of the block files are found in /dev/dsk. Raw file names are found in /dev/rdsk.
I/O requests to the magnetic disk must have an offset and transfer length that is a multiple of 512 bytes or the driver returns an EINVAL error.
Slice 0 is normally used for the root file system on a disk, slice 1 as a paging area (for example, swap), and slice 2 for backing up the entire fdisk partition for Solaris software. Other slices may be used for usr file systems or system reserved area.
The fdisk partition 0 is to access the entire disk and is generally used by the fdisk(1M) program.
block device (IDE)
raw device (IDE)
lun n (0-1).
UNIX system slice n (0-15).
fdisk partition (0–36).
32-bit kernel module.
64-bit kernel module.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: