SCSIFORMAT(8) BSD System Manager's Manual SCSIFORMAT(8)NAME
scsiformat — format SCSI disks and show SCSI parameters
scsiformat [-r] [-p page-control] raw-device-name
The scsiformat utility can be used to format SCSI disks on systems that
support on-line SCSI formatting (currently this is limited to the HP300
and SPARC ports). It will also show the various parameters set in the
The options are as follows:
-p Modify how the SCSI mode sense page query is constructed. By
default, scsiformat asks for the current settings. The page-con‐
trol flag is one of:
c gets current settings.
d gets default settings (those provided by the disk's manufac‐
s gets saved settings (those that persist across power
v shows which parameters are variable.
-r Don't format, instead display the disk parameters.
These should mostly be self-explanatory. A copy of the SCSI standard (or
a more readable derivative) may be useful, however.
The scsiformat utility first appeared in 4.4BSD.
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