Re: Discovering alternative commands
- Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 20:34:33 -0500
- From: Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Discovering alternative commands
On 06/01/2017 10:01 AM, Dan Ritter wrote:
On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 07:22:36AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
I'm working on a problem that requires as input an association of disk
partitions and their "label" (in gparted sense).
I already have blkid and lsblk. They are obviously designed for different
purposes. They both _can_ supply the desired information. Neither is ideal
Two questions (one asking for fish, the other asking to be taught to fish):
1. what other commands should I look at?
Trivially, ls -al on /dev/disks/by* can show you a bunch of
Started experimenting with that. Will require night's sleep and mug of
coffee [in that order] to appreciate.
You are probably already aware of the contents of
/proc/partitions and /proc/mounts, but I'll mention them anyway.
Hadn't had any contact. I see serious reading in my future.
2. is there some reference that groups commands/programs by similarity?
Not as such, but...
will tell you about installed commands which have a man page
prominently mentioning the word "partition".
In this case you would also want to run apropos against
"label" and "block".
running "man -k" is almost the same; apropos takes more
But reading about "man --global-apropos" gives me germs of ideas.
Because I have minimal bandwidth, I purchase complete DVD set of each
release. That means I've all possible man pages so I'm not limited to
commands currently available on my system. And just happen to have a
spare 400GB on which to place said man pages.