A loop device allows any file to be mounted as a filesystem image. Not to be confused with a loopback interface in networking.

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What is a “loop device” when mounting?

I am doing a mounting of an iso file and looking at this tutorial. They use the command: $ mount -o loop disk1.iso /mnt/disk I'm trying to understand the use of -o loop. So I have two questions: ...
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Creating formatted partition from nothing

I need to create filesystem with just one partition from nothing (/dev/zero). I tried this sequence of commands: dd if=/dev/zero of=mountedImage.img bs=512 count=131072 fdisk mountedImage.img n ...
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GNU/Linux: overlay block device / stackable block device

GNU/Linux has union mount that overlays dirs. So you can mount a writeable dir on top of a read-only dir. When the writeable dir is unmounted the read-only dir is untouched. I am looking for the same ...
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When mounting, when should I use a loop device?

According to the following question: What is a "loop device" when mounting? A loop device is a file that acts as a block-based device. While I can understand that conceptually, how is this ...
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How to iterate through a comma-separated list and execute a command for each entry

I have been give a command which outputs a comma-separated list for autosys jobs in the variable $all_jobs: box=box-of-jobs;all_jobs=$(jobscout -box $box | egrep "^\w+" | tr '\n' ',' | sed s/.$//); ...
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Mounting an old floppy image file (.ima format) - how hard can it be?

I'm trying to mount and access a floppy image file in the .ima format (raw dump to floppy, similar to .img) on ArchLinux. This file is part of a set of 30. It is not bootable, but rather a ...
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How to add more /dev/loop* devices on Fedora 19

How to add more /dev/loop* devices on Fedora 19? I do: # uname -r 3.11.2-201.fc19.x86_64 # lsmod |grep loop # ls /dev/loop* /dev/loop0 /dev/loop1 /dev/loop2 /dev/loop3 /dev/loop4 /dev/loop5 /...
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slitaz 4.0 grub2 loopback concatenate multiple initrd images

I'm trying to get slitaz 4.0 ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod gfxterm # insmod efi_gop # insmod efi_uga ...
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Virtual file made out of smaller ones (for mac-like sparse bundle solution)

I'd like to recreate a feature of Mac OS X called sparse bundles (disk images made out of smaller files, making them easy to backup after a small change). For that I'm looking for a way to '...
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How to copy/burn a loop device image to a partition?

I'm building a rootfs for a embedded device. I start by making an empty loopback file system, then mount it, and add files to it. When I finish, I end up with a file system image. Then I can burn ...