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Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell by Jason McIntosh, Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, Andy Lester

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Name

pdisk

Synopsis

pdisk
pdisk device{ -diskSize | -isDiskPartitioned | -dump | -blockSize |-initialize }
pdisk device { -partitionEntry | -partitionName | -partitionType | -partitionBase
| -partitionSize | -deletePartition } part_num
pdisk device { -setWritable | -setAutoMount } part_num { 0 | 1 }
pdisk device-makeBootable part_num boot_addr boot_bytes
load_addr goto_addr
pdisk device -createPartition part_name part_type
part_base part_size
pdisk device -splitPartition part_num part1_size part2_name part2_type
pdisk device -getPartitionOfType part_type instance_num
pdisk device -getPartitionWithName part_name instance_num

Provides control over Apple partition maps on disk devices in Macintosh systems.

Options

-a, --abbr

Turn on abbreviation mode. For example, Apple_HFS displays as HFS.

-blockSize

Print the block size of the specified device, in bytes, to standard output.

-c, -compute_size

Toggle the "compute size" flag, where partition sizes are computed, not taken from the partition map.

-createPartition

Add a partition to the partition map with the specified name, type (such as Apple_HFS or Apple_UFS), base (i.e., starting block number), and size (in blocks).

-d, --debug

Toggle the debug flag. When in interactive mode, some extra commands are enabled, including commands to display block contents and partition map data structures.

-deletePartition

Delete the specified partition from the partition map.

-dump

Print the partition map on the specified device to standard output.

-f, ...

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