There are no --version or -v options, and the command not say (!) its version.

PS: man mkusb is reliable? but is ambiguous, say "dus(8)" (not mkusb) and at end say "version 12.0.0" but it is not obvious is a software or documentation version.


mkusb version 12.0.5 works like this

Run the following command

mkusb -v

and you get a choice, which version to select, and then you will get the version number of that version.

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Sorry about the manual, it is not quite up to date, so

man mkusb

will display an older version number. Thanks for the heads up, I will spend some time to update the manual.

Edit: mkusb -v works as expected in version 12.0.6

The behaviour of mkusb -v is improved now. You made me upload mkusb version 12.0.6. Thanks @Peter Krauss, you helped to improve mkusb :-)

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  • PS: sorry, @sudodus is the dus developer (nio-wiklund)!? Supposing that you, Thanks a lot by your work! (and redo my comments) – Peter Krauss Mar 15 '17 at 13:36
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    Suggestion 1: to understand what an "standard user" expect with mkusb -v (what "make sense"), is to see a version number or a list of tool-version items. Anything different is strange for "standard user" perception ... So ideal is to display a list of tool-version items. – Peter Krauss Mar 15 '17 at 13:37
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    Suggestion 2: add at version-list the mkusb description: "after v11 it is not a tool, it is only a selector of tools"... So, say that "the real tool" is dus and not mkusb. – Peter Krauss Mar 15 '17 at 13:39
  • I am uploading a new version, 12.0.6, where mkusb-select alias mkusb is modified to display the versions directly, and where the manual is also upgraded. You find it in ppa:mkusb/unstable according to the following link, help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb/gui#from_the_unstable_PPA - Please test it and tell me, if there is something else, that needs to be improved. – sudodus Mar 15 '17 at 14:12
  • I uploaded the new version before I saw these two suggestions. I think the first one is already fixed, and I can fix the second one in a later version. But now I'm waiting for you to add some new suggestions ... – sudodus Mar 15 '17 at 14:17

You should get the version number by simply running mkusb as shown below. My version for example is shown as 11.0.5

start [mkusb 11.0.5] @ 2017-03-15 EAT 12:01:18 
sudo -H /usr/sbin/mkusb
  • ??! Not works for me. the first line is Usage: mkusb [input-file] # optional parameter... and show letter options. – Peter Krauss Mar 14 '17 at 21:14
  • Alright run "sudo apt-get - -purge remove mkusb"and reinstall it again by running the following commands one by one "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa" , "sudo apt-get update" then lastly "sudo apt-get install mkusb" – Ahmed K. Mar 14 '17 at 21:17
  • hum... See my answer to compare "fresh versions"... My instalation was the complete one, sudo apt-get install mkusb mkusb-nox usb-pack-efi. – Peter Krauss Mar 14 '17 at 21:37
  • mkusb 11.0.5 is an old version. If you are running a supported version of Ubuntu, you are able to update/upgrade it via the standard method for installed programs. Otherwise, please tell me which distro and version you are running, and I can suggest how to get a current version of mkusb. – sudodus Mar 15 '17 at 8:10

This is a workawound,

man mkusb | tail | grep version. The result is something as

                GPLv3: GNU GPL version ...
version 12.0.0              December 29, 2016             dus(8)

In this case "12.0.0".

  • Sorry, the manual is not up to date. Thanks for the heads up. I will fix it ... – sudodus Mar 15 '17 at 8:11

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