Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 67879
man pages make it impossible to discover mkfs
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:43:50 EDT
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Description of problem:
When adding a new disk to a system, finding fdisk to create the
partitions isn't too hard, but the gap from there to mkfs is almost
impossible to bridge. The mkfs command should be listed in SEE ALSO
in the fdisk man page (and probably vice-versa).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Forget for a moment that you know the mkfs command exists.
2. Try to find the command used to format a partition as an ext2
filesystem using things like "apropos format" or looking in SEE ALSO
sections for other disk related tools.
3. tear hair out :-).
Actual Results: Became bald.
Expected Results: Should have found pointer to mkfs somewhere before total
It just seems like there is a natural sequence of events here
from fdisk to mkfs that should be reflected in the SEE ALSO
chain in the man pages (maybe mkfs should point to mount
and fstab as well).
It's really not possible to list every single command that might be relevant to every single
other command, and mkfs & fdisk are just a little too far apart to be worth making this
You're welcome to try asking the util-linux upstream maintainer, though.