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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.

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mzip [options] [drive:]

Set modes or eject an MS-DOS-formatted ZIP or JAZ disk. See mtools for information about handling MS-DOS filesystems. Unix-formatted ZIP and JAZ drives can be handled as you would a floppy or other removable media, using the mount and umount commands.

Note that a ZIP drive is usually referred to as drive Z:, and a JAZ drive as drive J:.



Eject the disk.


Force eject (even if the disk is mounted). Must be used in combination with -e.


Prevent writing to the disk without a password.


Query and display the disk status.


Put disk into read-only mode.


Make the disk writable, but restore write protection on eject.


Put disk into read/write mode.


Prevent read or write access to the disk without a password.

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