cdist-type__filesystem - Man Page

Create Filesystems.


This cdist type allows you to create filesystems on devices.

If the device is mounted on target, it refuses to do anything.

If the device has a filesystem other then the specified and/or the label is not correct, it only makes a new filesystem if you have specified --force option.

Required Parameters


Filesystem type, for example 'ext3', 'btrfs' or 'xfs'.

Optional Parameters


Blockdevice for filesystem, Defaults to object_id. On linux, it can be any lsblk accepted device notation.

For example:
or /dev/disk/by-xxxx/xxx
or /dev/mapper/xxxx

Label which should be applied on the filesystem.


Additional options which are inserted to the call.

Boolean Parameters


Normally, this type does nothing if a filesystem is found on the target device. If you specify force, it's formatted if the filesystem type or label differs from parameters. Warning: This option can easily lead into data loss!


filesystem <fstype> on <device> : <discoverd device> created

Filesystem was created on <discoverd device>


# Ensures that device /dev/sdb is formatted with xfs
__filesystem /dev/sdb --fstype xfs --label Testdisk1
# The same thing with btrfs and disk spezified by pci path to disk 1:0 on vmware
__filesystem dev_sdb --fstype btrfs --device /dev/disk/by-path/pci-0000:0b:00.0-scsi-0:0:0:0 --label Testdisk2
# Make sure that a multipath san device has a filesystem ...
__filesystem dev_sdb --fstype xfs --device /dev/mapper/360060e80432f560050202f22000023ff --label Testdisk3


Daniel Heule <>


Copyright (C) 2016 Daniel Heule. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or any later version (GPLv3+).


Apr 20, 2021 6.9.6 cdist