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User Documentation

Documentation how to use the Alpine distro to format HD/Floppy/Other.


Alpine has multiple packages to use when formatting. Different packages/programs are used to format different types of filesystems.

  • dosfstools
  • reiserfsprogs
  • e2fsprogs
  • xfsprogs
  • jfsutils
  • ntfsprogs

Note: If you want to know what the package contains you can see some interesting information by entering the next command(s)

 apk_info -f {yourpackage}
 apk_info -fL {yourpackage}

In our example we want to format the floppy as vfat.

 apk_add dosfstools


Here are some examples on how you format using functions from:


 mkfs.vfat /dev/fd0
 mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0


 mkfs.ext2 /dev/fd0
 mkfs.ext3 /dev/fd0

Other devices

In our case we wanted to format the floppy (/dev/fd0). You can change /dev/fd0 to the device you want to format.


Just a note on HD's. You might need to change/make a partition table on a HD you like to format. In that case you can use:


 fdisk /dev/hdc