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{{Infobox_Software |
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  name = aimage |
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  maintainer = [[Simson Garfinkel]], [[Basis Technology]] |
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  os = {{Linux}} |
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  genre = {{Disk imaging}} |
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  license = {{Original BSD license}} |
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== Image types ==
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'''aimage''' (the '''advanced imager''') was an [[imaging]] tool that was part of [[AFF]].
There are multiple types of VMWare Virtual Disk Format (VMDK) data files:
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* 2GbMaxExtentFlat (twoGbMaxExtentFlat); descriptor file (name.vmdk) with RAW data extent files (name-f###.vmdk). This image type is basically a [[Raw Image Format|split RAW image]].
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* 2GbMaxExtentSparse (twoGbMaxExtentSparse); descriptor file (name.vmdk) with VMDK sparse data extent files (name-s###.vmdk)
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== Descriptor file ==
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'''aimage''' can create files in raw, AFF, AFD, or AFM formats. AFF and AFD formats can be compressed or uncompressed. [[aimage]]  can optionally compress and calculate [[MD5]] or [[SHA-1]] hash residues while the data is being copied. It had intelligent error recovery, similar to what is in [[ddrescue]].
The descriptor file defines how and where the data of the VMDK image is stored. The data is stored in extent data files.
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== Extent file types ==
 
There are multiple types extent files:
 
* RAW data file
 
* VMDK sparse data file
 
* COWD sparse data file
 
  
== External Links ==
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'''aimage'' was withdrawn from support (December 25, 2010)
* [http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vddk/vmdk_50_technote.pdf?src=vmdk Virtual Disk Format 5.0], by [[VMWare]]
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[[Category:File Formats]]
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Linux distributions that packaged '''image''' are encouraged to drop it and package guymager instead.
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===See Also===
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* [[How_to_image_an_IDE_disk_with_aimage_and_FreeBSD]]

Latest revision as of 21:26, 21 October 2013

aimage
Maintainer: Simson Garfinkel, Basis Technology
OS: Linux
Genre: Disk imaging
License: Original BSD license
Website: {{{website}}}

aimage (the advanced imager) was an imaging tool that was part of AFF.

aimage can create files in raw, AFF, AFD, or AFM formats. AFF and AFD formats can be compressed or uncompressed. aimage can optionally compress and calculate MD5 or SHA-1 hash residues while the data is being copied. It had intelligent error recovery, similar to what is in ddrescue.


'aimage was withdrawn from support (December 25, 2010)

Linux distributions that packaged image are encouraged to drop it and package guymager instead.

See Also