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How to tell what type of filesystem you’re on?
Find filesystem of an unmounted partition from a script

How can I quickly check the filesystem of the partition? Can I do that by using df?

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Yes, according to man df you can:

-T, --print-type      print file system type

Another way is to use the mount command. Without parameters it lists the currently mounted devices, including their file systems.

In case you need to find out only one certain file system, is easier to use the stat command's -f option instead of parsing out one value from the above mentioned commands' output.

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That worked. Thanks! –  tux_drummer Oct 30 '12 at 15:52

If the filesystem is not mounted (but if it is as well), you can try (though you need read access to the block device):

blkid -o value -s TYPE /dev/block/device


file -Ls /dev/block/device
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Perfect, this works also for unmounted filesystems and even images. And looks less weird than (eval $(blkid $DEV | awk ' { print $3 } '); echo $TYPE)... –  Tobias Kienzler Nov 2 '12 at 6:59

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