alexis> perhaps I'm wrong, but mkfs need a partition device (/dev/sdb1
alexis> for example), not the device itself (/dev/sdb), doesn't it ?
Nobody forces you to partition a disk. If you don't have to deal with
other operating systems, using the unpartitioned device is just fine.
alexis> what happen with a device argument (boot sector, partitions, etc etc) ?
Boot sector and partitions get overwritten.
Martin K. Petersen, Principal Linux Consultant, Linuxcare, Inc.
SGI XFS for Linux Developer, http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/