Use iostat -En instead of format

I generally see recommendations to use format to list the disks installed in a Solaris-like system. I find format rather annoying and consider this terrible advice.

I find iostat -Een to be superior in every way:

  • Output can be filtered and sorted.
  • The tool exits cleanly without interaction.
  • The details are fuller.

I can think of only one drawback:

  • iostat -Een is more difficult to remember than format.