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This is disgusting to me, but it works:

echo -e "n\np\n1\n\n\nt\nc\na\n1\nw" | fdisk /dev/sdb

I would like to know a more prudent or elegant way to accomplish this. The entire boot record and partition table is being zeroed prior to this task, so we can trust that partition 1 is available.

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Take a look at parted which can be used in command line mode for scripting. sfdisk can also be scripted but note the caveats about GPTs and partition sizes.

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I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but I'm having a hard time finding how you can specify to use all of the available space. –  andyortlieb Oct 12 '11 at 14:31
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