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Dynamic Partition Tools


lpmake is a command-line tool for generating a “super” partition image. It can currently generate two types of images:

  • Sparse images, for traditional fastboot.
  • Metadata-only images, for the lpflash utility.

The following command-line arguments are required:

  • -d,--device-size - The size of the “super” partition on the device. It must match exactly, and it must be evenly divisible by the sector size (512 bytes).
  • -m,--metadata-size - The maximum size that partition metadata may consume. A partition entry uses 64 bytes and an extent entry uses 16 bytes. The minimum size is 512 bytes.
  • -s,--metadata-slots - The number of slots available for storing metadata. This should match the number of update slots on the device, 2 for A/B devices and 1 for non-A/B.
  • -p,--partition=DATA - Add a partition to the metadata. At least one partition must be defined. The format for the data string is <name>:<GUID>:<attributes>:<size>. The attributes must be either none or readonly. The size will be rounded up to the nearest aligned block (see below).
  • -o,--output=FILE - The output file for writing the image.

Optional arguments:

  • --alignment=N - By default, lpmake will align partitions to 1MiB boundaries. However, an alternate alignment can be specified if desired. This is useful for devices with a minimum I/O request size where mis-aligned partition boundaries could be a performance issue.
  • --alignment-offset=N - In some cases, the “super” partition is misaligned within its parent block device. This offset can be used to correct for that.
  • --sparse - If set, the output image will be in sparse format for flashing with fastboot. Otherwise, by default, the image will be a minimal format usable with lpdump and lpflash.
  • -b,--block-size=N - When writing a sparse image, the device may require a specific block size. That block size can be specified here. The alignment must be a multiple of the block size. By default the block size is 4096.
  • -i,--image=[NAME=FILE] - When writing a sparse image, include the contents of FILE as the data for the partition named NAME. The file can be a normal file or a sparse image, but the destination size must be less than or equal to the partition size. This option is only available when creating sparse images.

Example usage. This specifies a 10GB super partition for an A/B device, with a single 64MiB “cache” partition.

lpmake --device-size 10240000000 \
       --metadata-size 65536     \
       --metadata-slots 2        \
       -o /tmp/super.img         \
       -p "cache:2da85788-f0e1-4fda-9ee7-e5177eab184b:none:67108864" \
       -i "cache=out/target/hikey960/cache.img"


lpdump displays pretty-printed partition metadata. It accepts a single argument, which can be:

  • A path to a non-sparse image from lpmake.
  • A path to a filesystem image or block device.

It also accepts an optional argument -s,--slot=N which can dump a specific metadata slot (the default is 0).

Usage: lpdump [-s,--slot=N] PATH


lpadd is a command-line tool for adding images to a super.img file, or a partition to a super_empty.img file. This is useful for mixed or split builds involving dynamic partitions. The syntax is:


The parameters are:

  • --readonly - The partition should be mapped as read-only.
  • SUPER_FILE - The super.img or super_empty.img file. If the image is sparsed, it will be temporarily unsparsed, and re-sparsed at the end.
  • PART_NAME - The partition name. It must not already exist.
  • GROUP_NAME - The updateable group name for the partition.
  • IMAGE_FILE - If specified, the contents of the image will be embedded in the given super.img. This does not work for a super_empty.img file. If the source image is sparsed, the unsparsed content will be embedded. The new partition size will be the smallest block-aligned size capable of holding the entire image.

Note that when interacting with sparsed images, lpadd can consume a great deal of space in TMPDIR. If TMPDIR does not have enough free space, it can be set in the environment, eg:

TMPDIR=/path/to/temp lpadd ...


lpflash writes a non-sparse image from lpmake to a block device. It is intended to be run on the device itself.

Usage: lpflash /dev/block/sdX /path/to/image/file