Viewing Linux partitions with fdisk and partprobe

While reading up on the Linux parted utility, I came across partprobe. Partprobe can be used to display the number of partitions on a device, and is useful for quickly viewing the layout of a given device:

$ /sbin/partprobe -s /dev/hda
/dev/hda: msdos partitions 1 2

If your looking for details on the layout of a device, I reckon fdisk is a better bet:

$ /sbin/fdisk -l /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 8590 MB, 8590417920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1         978     7855753+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2             979        1043      522112+  82  Linux swap

I really dig the fdisk “-l” option!

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