Introduction to gptfdisk

The gptfdisk package is a set of programs for creation and maintenance of GUID Partition Table (GPT) disk drives. A GPT partitioned disk is required for drives greater than 2 TB and is a modern replacement for legacy PC-BIOS partitioned disk drives that use a Master Boot Record (MBR). The main program, gdisk, has an interface similar to the classic fdisk program.



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Installation of gptfdisk

The gptfdisk package comes with a rudimentary Makefile. First we update it to provide a simple build and install interface and fix the location of a header file as well fixing an issue introduced by a recent version of popt. Install gptfdisk by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../gptfdisk-1.0.9-convenience-1.patch &&
sed -i 's|ncursesw/||' &&
sed -i 's|sbin|usr/sbin|' Makefile &&
sed -i '/UUID_H/s/^.*$/#if defined (_UUID_UUID_H) || defined (_UL_LIBUUID_UUID_H)/' &&
sed -i "/device =/s/= \(.*\);/= strdup(\1);/" &&


To test the results, issue: make test.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

patch -Np1 ...: This patch modifies the Makefile file so that it provides an install target.


Installed Programs: cgdisk, gdisk, fixparts, and sgdisk

Short Descriptions


is an ncurses-based tool for manipulating GPT partitions


is an interactive text-mode tool for manipulating GPT partitions


repairs mis-formatted MBR based disk partitions


is a partition manipulation program for GPT partitions similar to sfdisk