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     NAME
          parted - a partition manipulation program

     SYNOPSIS
          parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]

     DESCRIPTION
          parted is a program to manipulate disk partitions.  It sup-
          ports multiple partition table formats, including MS-DOS and
          GPT.  It is useful for creating space for new operating sys-
          tems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard
          disks.

          This manual page documents parted briefly.  Complete docu-
          mentation is distributed with the package in GNU Info for-
          mat.

     OPTIONS
          -h, --help
               displays a help message

          -l, --list
               lists partition layout on all block devices

          -m, --machine
               displays machine parseable output

          -s, --script
               never prompts for user intervention

          -v, --version
               displays the version

          -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
               Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid
               alignment types are:

               none Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk
                    type.

               cylinder
                    Align partitions to cylinders.

               minimal
                    Use minimum alignment as given by the disk topol-
                    ogy information. This and the opt value will use
                    layout information provided by the disk to align
                    the logical partition table addresses to actual
                    physical blocks on the disks.  The min value is
                    the minimum alignment needed to align the

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                    partition properly to physical blocks, which
                    avoids performance degradation.

               optimal
                    Use optimum alignment as given by the disk topol-
                    ogy information. This aligns to a multiple of the
                    physical block size in a way that guarantees opti-
                    mal performance.

     COMMANDS
          [device]
               The block device to be used.  When none is given,
               parted will use the first block device it finds.

          [command [options]]
               Specifies the command to be executed.  If no command is
               given, parted will present a command prompt.  Possible
               commands are:

               help [command]
                    Print general help, or help on command if speci-
                    fied.

               align-check type partition
                    Check if partition satisfies the alignment con-
                    straint of type.  type must be "minimal" or "opti-
                    mal".

               mklabel label-type
                    Create a new disklabel (partition table) of
                    label-type.  label-type should be one of "aix",
                    "amiga", "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac",
                    "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".

               mkpart [part-type name fs-type] start end
                    Create a new partition. part-type may be specified
                    only with msdos and dvh partition tables, it
                    should be one of "primary", "logical", or
                    "extended".  name is required for GPT partition
                    tables and fs-type is optional.  fs-type can be
                    one of "btrfs", "ext2", "ext3", "ext4", "fat16",
                    "fat32", "hfs", "hfs+", "linux-swap", "ntfs",
                    "reiserfs", "udf", or "xfs".

               name partition name
                    Set the name of partition to name. This option
                    works only on Mac, PC98, and GPT disklabels. The
                    name can be placed in double quotes, if necessary.
                    And depending on the shell may need to also be
                    wrapped in single quotes so that the shell doesn't
                    strip off the double quotes.

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               print
                    Display the partition table.

               quit Exit from parted.

               rescue start end
                    Rescue a lost partition that was located somewhere
                    between start and end.  If a partition is found,
                    parted will ask if you want to create an entry for
                    it in the partition table.

               resizepart partition end
                    Change the end position of partition.  Note that
                    this does not modify any filesystem present in the
                    partition.

               rm partition
                    Delete partition.

               select device
                    Choose device as the current device to edit.
                    device should usually be a Linux hard disk device,
                    but it can be a partition, software raid device,
                    or an LVM logical volume if necessary.

               set partition flag state
                    Change the state of the flag on partition to
                    state.  Supported flags are: "boot", "root",
                    "swap", "hidden", "raid", "lvm", "lba",
                    "legacy_boot", "irst", "msftres", "esp",
                    "chromeos_kernel", "bls_boot" and "palo".  state
                    should be either "on" or "off".

               unit unit
                    Set unit as the unit to use when displaying loca-
                    tions and sizes, and for interpreting those given
                    by the user when not suffixed with an explicit
                    unit.  unit can be one of "s" (sectors), "B"
                    (bytes), "kB", "MB", "MiB", "GB", "GiB", "TB",
                    "TiB", "%" (percentage of device size), "cyl"
                    (cylinders), "chs" (cylinders, heads, sectors), or
                    "compact" (megabytes for input, and a human-
                    friendly form for output).

               toggle partition flag
                    Toggle the state of flag on partition.

               version
                    Display version information and a copyright mes-
                    sage.

     REPORTING BUGS

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          Report bugs to <bug-parted@gnu.org>

     SEE ALSO
          fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented in
          the info(1) format GNU partitioning software manual which is
          distributed with the parted-doc Debian package.

     AUTHOR
          This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll
          <timshel@debian.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but
          may be used by others).

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