Documentation for ndctl and daxctl


ndctl-destroy-namespace - destroy the given namespace(s)


ndctl destroy-namespace <namespace> [<options>]


The capacity of an NVDIMM REGION (contiguous span of persistent memory) is accessed via one or more NAMESPACE devices. REGION is the Linux term for what ACPI and UEFI call a DIMM-interleave-set, or a system-physical-address-range that is striped (by the memory controller) across one or more memory modules.

The UEFI specification defines the NVDIMM Label Protocol as the combination of label area access methods and a data format for provisioning one or more NAMESPACE objects from a REGION. Note that label support is optional and if Linux does not detect the label capability it will automatically instantiate a “label-less” namespace per region. Examples of label-less namespaces are the ones created by the kernel’s memmap=ss!nn command line option (see the nvdimm wiki on, or NVDIMMs without a valid namespace index in their label area.

A namespace can be provisioned to operate in one of 4 modes, fsdax, devdax, sector, and raw. Here are the expected usage models for these modes:


A namespaceX.Y device name. The keyword all can be specified to carry out the operation on every namespace in the system, optionally filtered by region (see –region=option)

-r; --region=
A ‘regionX’ device name, or a region id number. The keyword ‘all’ can be specified to carry out the operation on every region in the system, optionally filtered by bus id (see –bus= option).

-b; --bus=
Enforce that the operation only be carried on devices that are attached to the given bus. Where bus can be a provider name or a bus id number.

-v; --verbose
Emit debug messages for the namespace operation

-f; --force
Unless this option is specified the destroy namespace operation will fail if the namespace is presently active. Specifying –force causes the namespace to be disabled before the operation is attempted. However, if the namespace is mounted then the disable namespace and destroy namespace operations will be aborted. The namespace must be unmounted before being destroyed.


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