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System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems
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Getting Help on the format Utility

The format utility provides a help facility that you can use whenever the format utility is expecting input. You can request help about what input is expected by typing a question mark (?). The format utility displays a brief description of what type of input is needed.

If you type a ? at a menu prompt, a list of available commands is displayed.

The man pages associated with the format utility include the following:

  • format(1M) – Describes the basic format utility capabilities and provides descriptions of all command-line variables.

  • format.dat(4) – Describes disk drive configuration information for the format utility.

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