util-linux is a standard package distributed by the Linux Kernel Organization for use as part of the Linux operating system. A fork, util-linux-ng—with ng meaning "next generation"—was created when development stalled,[3] but as of January 2011 has been renamed back to util-linux, and is the official version of the package.[4]

Stable release
2.34 / June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
Written inC
Operating systemLinux
Available in27 languages, 8 full translations[1]
TypeUtility software
LicensePortions variously under GNU General Public License (v2+ or v2 only), GNU Lesser General Public License (v2+) and BSD License.[2]



It includes the following utilities:


Utilities formerly included, but removed as of 1 July 2015:

See also


  1. "Translation Project util-linux textual domain". 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  2. "README.licensing". util-linux source tree. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. Karel Zak (2006-12-18). "[ANNOUNCE] util-linux-ng fork". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  4. Karel Zak (2010-12-01). "[ANNOUNCE] util-linux without -ng". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  5. "Documentation/deprecated.txt". util-linux. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  6. "lscpu manual".
  7. Karel Zak (2012-01-25). "prlimit(1)". Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  8. Sami Kerola (2012-12-16). "tunelp: deprecation: remove command from default build". util-linux. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  9. Karel Zak (2013-03-14). "arch: remove the command, deprecated since 2.13, use coreutils version". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  10. Karel Zak (2013-03-14). "chkdupexe: remove, deprecated for years". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  11. Karel Zak. "clock: Dropped entirely. Use hwclock". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  12. Sami Kerola (2014-05-11). "cytune: remove from util-linux". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  13. Karel Zak (2011-08-18). "build-sys: add --enable-ddate". util-linux. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  14. Sami Kerola (2012-10-08). "ddate: remove from util-linux". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  15. Sami Kerola (2013-08-17). "build-sys: complete elvtune removal". util-linux. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  16. Karel Zak (2011-06-08). "simpleinit: remove this deprecated set of utils". util-linux. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  17. Karel Zak (2010-05-13). "rdev: remove this deprecated command". util-linux. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
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