NDCTL User Guide


ndctl is a utility for managing the Linux LIBNVDIMM Kernel subsystem. It is designed to work with various non-volatile memory devices (NVDIMMs) from different vendors. The LIBNVDIMM subsystem defines a kernel device model and control message interface for platform NVDIMM resources like those defined by the ACPI v6.0 NFIT (NVDIMM Firmware Interface Table). The latest ACPI and UEFI specifications can be found at uefi.org. Operations supported by ndctl include:

  • Provisioning capacity (namespaces)

  • Enumerating Devices

  • Enabling and Disabling NVDIMMs, Regions, and Namespaces

  • Managing NVDIMM Labels

What's new in v69

This release incorporates functionality up to the 5.8 kernel.

Highlights include support for 'PAPR' NVDIMMs, a build fix for zero-length array warnings in GCC10, a new option for ndctl-monitor allowing for a timeout for epoll, and misc unit test and documentation fixes.


  • monitor: add a new timeout option for polling list: skip region filtering if numa_node is absent

  • {read,write}-infoblock: set a default alignment based on platform

  • list/others: support for PAPR NVDIMMs


  • align.sh: fix region selection, and label init expectation


  • ndctl_bus_has_of_node

  • ndctl_bus_is_papr_scm

  • ndctl_region_has_numa

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