CMDK(7D)CMDK(7D)NAMEcmdk - common disk driver
cmdk@target, lun : [ partition | slice ]
The cmdk device driver is a common interface to various disk devices.
The driver supports magnetic fixed disks and magnetic removable disks.
The cmdk device driver supports three different disk labels: fdisk par‐
tition table, Solaris x86 VTOC and EFI/GPT.
The block-files access the disk using the system's normal buffering
mechanism and are read and written without regard to physical disk
records. There is also a "raw" interface that provides for direct
transmission between the disk and the user's read or write buffer. A
single read or write call usually results in one I/O operation; raw I/O
is therefore considerably more efficient when many bytes are transmit‐
ted. The names of the block files are found in /dev/dsk. Raw file names
are found in /dev/rdsk.
I/O requests to the magnetic disk must have an offset and transfer
length that is a multiple of 512 bytes or the driver returns an EINVAL
Slice 0 is normally used for the root file system on a disk, slice 1 as
a paging area (for example, swap), and slice 2 for backing up the
entire fdisk partition for Solaris software. Other slices may be used
for usr file systems or system reserved area.
The fdisk partition 0 is to access the entire disk and is generally
used by the fdisk(1M) program.
block device (IDE)
raw device (IDE)
lun n (0-1).
UNIX system slice n (0-15).
fdisk partition (0-36).
32-bit kernel module.
64-bit kernel module.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
│ATTRIBUTE TYPE │ ATTRIBUTE VALUE │
│Architecture │ x86 │
SEE ALSOfdisk(1M), mount(1M), lseek(2), read(2), write(2), readdir(3C),
scsi(4), vfstab(4), attributes(5), dkio(7I)
Nov 4, 2008 CMDK(7D)