Introduction to dosfstools

The dosfstools package contains various utilities for use with the FAT family of file systems.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.1 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

Enable the following option in the kernel configuration and recompile the kernel:

File systems --->
  <DOS/FAT/NT Filesystems --->
    <*/M> MSDOS fs support             [CONFIG_MSDOS_FS]
    <*/M> VFAT (Windows-95) fs support [CONFIG_VFAT_FS]

Installation of dosfstools

Install dosfstools by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/               \
            --enable-compat-symlinks \
            --mandir=/usr/share/man  \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/dosfstools-4.1 &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-compat-symlinks: This switch creates the dosfsck, dosfslabel, fsck.msdos, fsck.vfat, mkdosfs, mkfs.msdos, and mkfs.vfat symlinks required by some programs.


Installed Programs: fatlabel, fsck.fat, and mkfs.fat

Short Descriptions


set or get a MS-DOS filesystem label from a given device


check and repair MS-DOS filesystems


create an MS-DOS filesystem under Linux

Last updated on 2017-08-24 18:56:23 -0700