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+dm-linear
+=========
+
+Device-Mapper's "linear" target maps a linear range of the Device-Mapper
+device onto a linear range of another device. This is the basic building
+block of logical volume managers.
+
+Parameters: <dev path> <offset>
+ <dev path>: Full pathname to the underlying block-device, or a
+ "major:minor" device-number.
+ <offset>: Starting sector within the device.
+
+
+Example scripts
+===============
+[[
+#!/bin/sh
+# Create an identity mapping for a device
+echo "0 `blockdev --getsize $1` linear $1 0" | dmsetup create identity
+]]
+
+
+[[
+#!/bin/sh
+# Join 2 devices together
+size1=`blockdev --getsize $1`
+size2=`blockdev --getsize $2`
+echo "0 $size1 linear $1 0
+$size1 $size2 linear $2 0" | dmsetup create joined
+]]
+
+
+[[
+#!/usr/bin/perl -w
+# Split a device into 4M chunks and then join them together in reverse order.
+
+my $name = "reverse";
+my $extent_size = 4 * 1024 * 2;
+my $dev = $ARGV[0];
+my $table = "";
+my $count = 0;
+
+if (!defined($dev)) {
+ die("Please specify a device.\n");
+}
+
+my $dev_size = `blockdev --getsize $dev`;
+my $extents = int($dev_size / $extent_size) -
+ (($dev_size % $extent_size) ? 1 : 0);
+
+while ($extents > 0) {
+ my $this_start = $count * $extent_size;
+ $extents--;
+ $count++;
+ my $this_offset = $extents * $extent_size;
+
+ $table .= "$this_start $extent_size linear $dev $this_offset\n";
+}
+
+`echo \"$table\" | dmsetup create $name`;
+]]