I'm looking for a portable way to obtain parent block device name (e.g.
/dev/sda) given the partition device name (e.g.
/dev/sda1). I know I could just drop the last character, but that wouldn't work in some cases:
- MMC card readers typically have names like
/dev/mmcblk0, while their partitions have names like
/dev/mmcblk0p1(notice the extra
- optional: some block devices don't have any partition table at all and are formatted as a single partition. In this case, partition device and parent block device are the same.
LVM volumes are a whole different kettle of fish. I don't need to support them right now, but if taking them into account requires little extra effort, I wouldn't mind.