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The mbadblocks command is used to mark some clusters on an MS-DOS filesystem bad. It has the following syntax:
mbadblocks [-s sectorlist|-c clusterlist|-w] drive:
If no command line flags are supplied, Mbadblocks scans an MS-DOS filesystem for bad blocks by simply trying to read them and flag them if read fails. All blocks that are unused are scanned, and if detected bad are marked as such in the FAT.
This command is intended to be used right after mformat. It is not intended to salvage data from bad disks.
Mbadblocks should (but doesn't yet :-( ) also try to salvage bad blocks which are in use by reading them repeatedly, and then mark them bad.
Mtools' texinfo doc
This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's texinfo documentation. However, this process is only approximative, and some items, such as crossreferences, footnotes and indices are lost in this translation process. Indeed, these items have no appropriate representation in the manpage format. Moreover, not all information has been translated into the manpage version. Thus I strongly advise you to use the original texinfo doc. See the end of this manpage for instructions how to view the texinfo doc.
./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi
./configure; make html
A premade html can be found at ∞http://www.gnu.org/software/mtools/manual/mtools.htmlIntegral
./configure; make info
The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html. Indeed, in the info version certain examples are difficult to read due to the quoting conventions used in info.