Formatting Flat Files As Block Devices

Here’s a small shell script based on dd’s output which helps to partition a flat file, split it up into its respective partitions so they can be formatted and put them all back together again.

#!/bin/bash

if [ "${1}" == "c" ]
then
	if [ "${3}" == "" ]
	then
		echo "Usage: $0 $1 <filename> <filesize>"
		exit 1
	fi
	echo "Creating new file [${2}]..."
	dd if=/dev/zero of=${2} bs=${3}G count=1 > /dev/null 2>&1
	echo "Partition the new flat file ( fdisk ${2} )"
	echo
fi

if [ "${1}" == "s" ]
then
	if [ "${2}" == "" ]
	then
		echo "Usage: $0 $1 <filename>"
		exit 1
	fi
	unit=`fdisk -l "${2}" | grep -i '^Units' | sed -e 's/^.* \([0-9][0-9]*\) bytes.*$/\1/g'`
	lase="-1"
	numb=0
	fdisk -l "${2}" | sed -e 's/^[ \t]*//g' -e 's/\*//g' | grep -i "^${2}[0-9][0-9]*" | while read line
	do
		curb=`echo "${line}" | awk '{ print $2 }'`
		cure=`echo "${line}" | awk '{ print $3 }'`
		let size="${cure} - ${curb} + 1"
		let diff="${curb} - ${lase} - 1"
		if [ ${diff} -gt 0 ]
		then
			let endi="${curb} - 1"
			let skip="${lase} + 1"
			echo "[${numb}] Unused space [${skip} - ${endi}] [${diff} blocks]..."
			dd if=${2} bs=${unit} skip=${skip} count=${diff} of=${2}${numb} > /dev/null 2>&1
			let numb="${numb} + 1"
		fi
		echo "[${numb}] Carving partition [${curb} - ${cure}] [${size} blocks]..."
		dd if=${2} bs=${unit} skip=${curb} count=${size} of=${2}${numb} > /dev/null 2>&1
		let numb="${numb} + 1"
		lase="${cure}"
	done
	fdisk -l "${2}" | sed -e 's/^[ \t]*//g' -e 's/\*//g' | grep -i "^${2}[0-9][0-9]*" | tail -n 1 | while read line
	do
		endi=`echo "${line}" | awk '{ print $3 }'`
		let rest="${endi} + 1"
		numb="9"
		echo "[${numb}] Copying ending [${rest} - <end>]..."
		dd if=${2} bs=${unit} skip=${rest} of=${2}${numb} > /dev/null 2>&1
	done
	echo
	echo "Create any filesystem needed ( mkfs.* ${2}[0-9] )"
	echo "Mount any filesystem needed ( mount -o loop ${2}[0-9] /mnt/tmp[0-9] )"
	echo "Copy any files needed ( cp -r source/* /mnt/tmp[0-9]/ )"
	echo "Unmount any filesystem needed ( umount /mnt/tmp[0-9] )"
	echo
fi

if [ "${1}" == "j" ]
then
	if [ "${2}" == "" ]
	then
		echo "Usage: $0 $1 <filename>"
		exit 1
	fi
	echo "Writing to file [${2}.join]..."
	cat ${2}[0-9]* > ${2}.join
	echo
fi

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Formatting Flat Files As Block Devices

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