Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: May 2006
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blkid - command-line utility to locate/print block device attributes
program is the command-line interface to working with
library. It can determine the type of content (e.g. filesystem, swap)
a block device holds, and also attributes (tokens, NAME=value pairs)
from the content metadata (e.g. LABEL or UUID fields).
has two main forms of operation: either searching for a device with a
specific NAME=value pair, or displaying NAME=value pairs for one or
instead of reading from the default cache file
If you want to start with a clean cache (i.e. don't report devices previously
scanned but not necessarily available at this time), specify
Display a usage message and exit.
Look up the device that matches the search parameter specified using
option, assuming that there is only one matching the search parameter.
For a system with a large number of disks, this will be more
efficient by avoiding the need to revalidate devices unless absolutely
necessary. If this option is not specified,
will use a less efficient approach, which allows
to print all of the devices that match the search parameter.
This option is best used for tag searches such as
If you want
to print all of the ext3 filesystems using a search parameter
then this option should
output using the specified format. The
parameter may be
(only print the value of any tags printed by
(only print the device name).
Show only the tags for each (specified) device that match
It is possible to specify multiple
options. If no tag is specified, then all tokens are shown for all
In order to just refresh the cache without showing any tokens use
with no other options.
Search for block devices with tokens named
that have the value
and display any devices which are found.
Common values for
If there are no devices specified on the command line, all block devices
will be searched; otherwise, only search the devices specified by the user.
Display version number and exit.
Write the device cache to
instead of writing it to the default cache file
If you don't want to save the cache to the default file, specify
If not specified it will be the same file as that given by the
Display tokens from only the specified device. It is possible to
options on the command line. If none is given, all devices which
are shown, if they are recognized.
If the specified token was found, or if any tags were shown from (specified)
devices 0 is returned. If the specified token was not found, or no
(specified) devices could be identified, an exit code of 2 is returned.
For usage or other errors, an exit code of 4 is returned.
was written by Andreas Dilger for libblkid.
is part the e2fsprogs package since version 1.26 and is available from
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