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LVM2 tools.

LVM TOOLS 2.02.133(2) (2015-10-30)
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lvm — LVM2 tools


lvm [command|file]


lvm provides the command-line tools for LVM2. A separate manual page describes each com‐ mand in detail. If lvm is invoked with no arguments it presents a readline prompt (assuming it was com‐ piled with readline support). LVM commands may be entered interactively at this prompt with readline facilities including history and command name and option completion. Refer to readline(3) for details. If lvm is invoked with argv[0] set to the name of a specific LVM command (for example by using a hard or soft link) it acts as that command. On invocation, lvm requires that only the standard file descriptors stdin, stdout and stderr are available. If others are found, they get closed and messages are issued warn‐ ing about the leak. This warning can be suppressed by setting the environment variable LVM_SUPPRESS_FD_WARNINGS. Where commands take VG or LV names as arguments, the full path name is optional. An LV called "lvol0" in a VG called "vg0" can be specified as "vg0/lvol0". Where a list of VGs is required but is left empty, a list of all VGs will be substituted. Where a list of LVs is required but a VG is given, a list of all the LVs in that VG will be substituted. So lvdisplay vg0 will display all the LVs in "vg0". Tags can also be used - see --addtag below. One advantage of using the built-in shell is that configuration information gets cached internally between commands. A file containing a simple script with one command per line can also be given on the com‐ mand line. The script can also be executed directly if the first line is #! followed by the absolute path of lvm. BUILT-IN COMMANDS The following commands are built into lvm without links normally being created in the filesystem for them. config The same as lvmconfig(8) below. devtypes Display the recognised built-in block device types. dumpconfig The same as lvmconfig(8) below. formats Display recognised metadata formats. help Display the help text. lvpoll Complete lvmpolld operations (Internal command). pvdata Not implemented in LVM2. segtypes Display recognised Logical Volume segment types. systemid Display any system ID currently set on this host. tags Display any tags defined on this host. version Display version information.


The following commands implement the core LVM functionality. pvchange Change attributes of a Physical Volume. pvck Check Physical Volume metadata. pvcreate Initialize a disk or partition for use by LVM. pvdisplay Display attributes of a Physical Volume. pvmove Move Physical Extents. pvremove Remove a Physical Volume. pvresize Resize a disk or partition in use by LVM2. pvs Report information about Physical Volumes. pvscan Scan all disks for Physical Volumes. vgcfgbackup Backup Volume Group descriptor area. vgcfgrestore Restore Volume Group descriptor area. vgchange Change attributes of a Volume Group. vgck Check Volume Group metadata. vgconvert Convert Volume Group metadata format. vgcreate Create a Volume Group. vgdisplay Display attributes of Volume Groups. vgexport Make volume Groups unknown to the system. vgextend Add Physical Volumes to a Volume Group. vgimport Make exported Volume Groups known to the system. vgimportclone Import and rename duplicated Volume Group (e.g. a hardware snapshot). vgmerge Merge two Volume Groups. vgmknodes Recreate Volume Group directory and Logical Volume special files vgreduce Reduce a Volume Group by removing one or more Physical Volumes. vgremove Remove a Volume Group. vgrename Rename a Volume Group. vgs Report information about Volume Groups. vgscan Scan all disks for Volume Groups and rebuild caches. vgsplit Split a Volume Group into two, moving any logical volumes from one Volume Group to another by moving entire Physical Volumes. lvchange Change attributes of a Logical Volume. lvconvert Convert a Logical Volume from linear to mirror or snapshot. lvcreate Create a Logical Volume in an existing Volume Group. lvdisplay Display attributes of a Logical Volume. lvextend Extend the size of a Logical Volume. lvmchange Change attributes of the Logical Volume Manager. lvmconfig Display the configuration information after loading lvm.conf(5) and any other configuration files. lvmdiskscan Scan for all devices visible to LVM2. lvmdump Create lvm2 information dumps for diagnostic purposes. lvreduce Reduce the size of a Logical Volume. lvremove Remove a Logical Volume. lvrename Rename a Logical Volume. lvresize Resize a Logical Volume. lvs Report information about Logical Volumes. lvscan Scan (all disks) for Logical Volumes. The following commands are not implemented in LVM2 but might be in the future: lvmsadc, lvmsar, pvdata.


The following options are available for many of the commands. They are implemented gener‐ ically and documented here rather than repeated on individual manual pages. Additional hyphens within option names are ignored. For example, --readonly and --read-only are both accepted. -h|-?|--help Display the help text. --version Display version information. -v|--verbose Set verbose level. Repeat from 1 to 3 times to increase the detail of messages sent to stdout and stderr. Overrides config file setting. -d|--debug Set debug level. Repeat from 1 to 6 times to increase the detail of messages sent to the log file and/or syslog (if configured). Overrides config file setting. -q|--quiet Suppress output and log messages. Overrides -d and -v. Repeat once to also sup‐ press any prompts with answer 'no'. --yes Don't prompt for confirmation interactively but instead always assume the answer is 'yes'. Take great care if you use this! -t|--test Run in test mode. Commands will not update metadata. This is implemented by dis‐ abling all metadata writing but nevertheless returning success to the calling func‐ tion. This may lead to unusual error messages in multi-stage operations if a tool relies on reading back metadata it believes has changed but hasn't. --driverloaded {y|n} Whether or not the device-mapper kernel driver is loaded. If you set this to n, no attempt will be made to contact the driver. -A|--autobackup {y|n} Whether or not to metadata should be backed up automatically after a change. You are strongly advised not to disable this! See vgcfgbackup(8). -P|--partial When set, the tools will do their best to provide access to Volume Groups that are only partially available (one or more Physical Volumes belonging to the Volume Group are missing from the system). Where part of a logical volume is missing, /dev/ioerror will be substituted, and you could use dmsetup(8) to set this up to return I/O errors when accessed, or create it as a large block device of nulls. Metadata may not be changed with this option. To insert a replacement Physical Vol‐ ume of the same or large size use pvcreate -u to set the uuid to match the original followed by vgcfgrestore(8). -S|--select Selection For reporting commands, display only rows that match Selection criteria. All rows are displayed with the additional "selected" column (-o selected) showing 1 if the row matches the Selection and 0 otherwise. For non-reporting commands which process LVM entities, the selection can be used to match items to process. See SELECTION CRITERIA section of this man page for more information about the way the selection criteria are constructed. -M|--metadatatype Type Specifies which type of on-disk metadata to use, such as lvm1 or lvm2, which can be abbreviated to 1 or 2 respectively. The default (lvm2) can be changed by setting format in the global section of the config file lvm.conf(5). --ignorelockingfailure This lets you proceed with read-only metadata operations such as lvchange -ay and vgchange -ay even if the locking module fails. One use for this is in a system init script if the lock directory is mounted read-only when the script runs. --ignoreskippedcluster Use to avoid exiting with an non-zero status code if the command is run without clustered locking and some clustered Volume Groups have to be skipped over. --readonly Run the command in a special read-only mode which will read on-disk metadata with‐ out needing to take any locks. This can be used to peek inside metadata used by a virtual machine image while the virtual machine is running. It can also be used to peek inside the metadata of clustered Volume Groups when clustered locking is not configured or running. No attempt will be made to communicate with the device-map‐ per kernel driver, so this option is unable to report whether or not Logical Vol‐ umes are actually in use. --foreign Cause the command to access foreign VGs, that would otherwise be skipped. It can be used to report or display a VG that is owned by another host. This option can cause a command to perform poorly because lvmetad caching is not used and metadata is read from disks. --shared Cause the command to access shared VGs, that would otherwise be skipped when lvm‐ lockd is not being used. It can be used to report or display a lockd VG without locking. --addtag Tag Add the tag Tag to a PV, VG or LV. Supply this argument multiple times to add more than one tag at once. A tag is a word that can be used to group LVM2 objects of the same type together. Tags can be given on the command line in place of PV, VG or LV arguments. Tags should be prefixed with @ to avoid ambiguity. Each tag is expanded by replacing it with all objects possessing that tag which are of the type expected by its position on the command line. PVs can only possess tags while they are part of a Volume Group: PV tags are discarded if the PV is removed from the VG. As an example, you could tag some LVs as database and others as userdata and then activate the database ones with lvchange -ay @database. Objects can possess multi‐ ple tags simultaneously. Only the new LVM2 metadata format supports tagging: objects using the LVM1 metadata format cannot be tagged because the on-disk format does not support it. Characters allowed in tags are: A-Z a-z 0-9 _ + . - and as of version 2.02.78 the following characters are also accepted: / = ! : # & --deltag Tag Delete the tag Tag from a PV, VG or LV, if it's present. Supply this argument mul‐ tiple times to remove more than one tag at once. --alloc {anywhere|contiguous|cling|inherit|normal} Selects the allocation policy when a command needs to allocate Physical Extents from the Volume Group. Each Volume Group and Logical Volume has an allocation pol‐ icy defined. The default for a Volume Group is normal which applies common-sense rules such as not placing parallel stripes on the same Physical Volume. The default for a Logical Volume is inherit which applies the same policy as for the Volume Group. These policies can be changed using lvchange(8) and vgchange(8) or overridden on the command line of any command that performs allocation. The con‐ tiguous policy requires that new Physical Extents be placed adjacent to existing Physical Extents. The cling policy places new Physical Extents on the same Physi‐ cal Volume as existing Physical Extents in the same stripe of the Logical Volume. If there are sufficient free Physical Extents to satisfy an allocation request but normal doesn't use them, anywhere will - even if that reduces performance by plac‐ ing two stripes on the same Physical Volume. --commandprofile ProfileName Selects the command configuration profile to use when processing an LVM command. See also lvm.conf(5) for more information about command profile config and the way it fits with other LVM configuration methods. Using --commandprofile option over‐ rides any command profile specified via LVM_COMMAND_PROFILE environment variable. --metadataprofile ProfileName Selects the metadata configuration profile to use when processing an LVM command. When using metadata profile during Volume Group or Logical Volume creation, the metadata profile name is saved in metadata. When such Volume Group or Logical Vol‐ ume is processed next time, the metadata profile is automatically applied and the use of --metadataprofile option is not necessary. See also lvm.conf(5) for more information about metadata profile config and the way it fits with other LVM con‐ figuration methods. --profile ProfileName A short form of --metadataprofile for vgcreate, lvcreate, vgchange and lvchange command and a short form of --commandprofile for any other command (with the excep‐ tion of lvmconfig command where the --profile has special meaning, see lvmconfig(8) for more information). --config ConfigurationString Uses the ConfigurationString as direct string representation of the configuration to override the existing configuration. The ConfigurationString is of exactly the same format as used in any LVM configuration file. See lvm.conf(5) for more infor‐ mation about direct config override on command line and the way it fits with other LVM configuration methods.


The valid characters for VG and LV names are: a-z A-Z 0-9 + _ . - VG and LV names cannot begin with a hyphen. There are also various reserved names that are used internally by lvm that can not be used as LV or VG names. A VG cannot be called anything that exists in /dev/ at the time of creation, nor can it be called '.' or '..'. An LV cannot be called '.', '..', 'snapshot' or 'pvmove'. The LV name may also not con‐ tain any of the following strings: A directory bearing the name of each Volume Group is created under /dev when any of its Logical Volumes are activated. Each active Logical Volume is accessible from this directory as a symbolic link leading to a device node. Links or nodes in /dev/mapper are intended only for internal use and the precise format and escaping might change between releases and distributions. Other software and scripts should use the /dev/VolumeGroupName/LogicalVolumeName format to reduce the chance of need‐ ing amendment when the software is updated. Should you need to process the node names in /dev/mapper, you may use dmsetup splitname to separate out the original VG, LV and inter‐ nal layer names.


When an operation needs to allocate Physical Extents for one or more Logical Volumes, the tools proceed as follows: First of all, they generate the complete set of unallocated Physical Extents in the Volume Group. If any ranges of Physical Extents are supplied at the end of the command line, only unallocated Physical Extents within those ranges on the specified Physical Volumes are considered. Then they try each allocation policy in turn, starting with the strictest policy (contigu‐ ous) and ending with the allocation policy specified using --alloc or set as the default for the particular Logical Volume or Volume Group concerned. For each policy, working from the lowest-numbered Logical Extent of the empty Logical Volume space that needs to be filled, they allocate as much space as possible according to the restrictions imposed by the policy. If more space is needed, they move on to the next policy. The restrictions are as follows: Contiguous requires that the physical location of any Logical Extent that is not the first Logical Extent of a Logical Volume is adjacent to the physical location of the Logical Extent immediately preceding it. Cling requires that the Physical Volume used for any Logical Extent to be added to an existing Logical Volume is already in use by at least one Logical Extent earlier in that Logical Volume. If the configuration parameter allocation/cling_tag_list is defined, then two Physical Volumes are considered to match if any of the listed tags is present on both Physical Volumes. This allows groups of Physical Volumes with similar properties (such as their physical location) to be tagged and treated as equivalent for allocation purposes. When a Logical Volume is striped or mirrored, the above restrictions are applied indepen‐ dently to each stripe or mirror image (leg) that needs space. Normal will not choose a Physical Extent that shares the same Physical Volume as a Logical Extent already allocated to a parallel Logical Volume (i.e. a different stripe or mirror image/leg) at the same offset within that parallel Logical Volume. When allocating a mirror log at the same time as Logical Volumes to hold the mirror data, Normal will first try to select different Physical Volumes for the log and the data. If that's not possible and the allocation/mirror_logs_require_separate_pvs configuration parameter is set to 0, it will then allow the log to share Physical Volume(s) with part of the data. When allocating thin pool metadata, similar considerations to those of a mirror log in the last paragraph apply based on the value of the allocation/thin_pool_metadata_require_sepa‐ rate_pvs configuration parameter. If you rely upon any layout behaviour beyond that documented here, be aware that it might change in future versions of the code. For example, if you supply on the command line two empty Physical Volumes that have an identical number of free Physical Extents available for allocation, the current code con‐ siders using each of them in the order they are listed, but there is no guarantee that future releases will maintain that property. If it is important to obtain a specific lay‐ out for a particular Logical Volume, then you should build it up through a sequence of lvcreate(8) and lvconvert(8) steps such that the restrictions described above applied to each step leave the tools no discretion over the layout. To view the way the allocation process currently works in any specific case, read the debug logging output, for example by adding -vvvv to a command.


Some logical volume types are simple to create and can be done with a single lvcreate(8) command. The linear and striped logical volume types are an example of this. Other logi‐ cal volume types may require more than one command to create. The cache (lvmcache(7)) and thin provisioning (lvmthin(7)) types are examples of this.


The selection criteria are a set of statements combined by logical and grouping operators. The statement consists of column name for which a set of valid values is defined using comparison operators. For complete list of column names (fields) that can be used in selection, see the output of <lvm reporting command> -S help. Comparison operators (cmp_op) =~ Matching regular expression. !~ Not matching regular expression. = Equal to. != Not equal to. >= Greater than or equal to. > Greater than <= Less than or equal to. < Less than. Binary logical operators (cmp_log) && All fields must match , All fields must match || At least one field must match # At least one field must match Unary logical operators ! Logical negation Grouping operators ( Left parenthesis ) Right parenthesis [ List start ] List end { List subset start } List subset end Informal grammar specification STATEMENT = column cmp_op VALUE | STATEMENT log_op STATEMENT | (STATEMENT) | !(STATEMENT) VALUE = [VALUE log_op VALUE] For list-based types: string list. Matches strictly. The log_op must always be of one type within the whole list value. VALUE = {VALUE log_op VALUE} For list-based types: string list. Matches a subset. The log_op must always be of one type within the whole list value. VALUE = value For scalar types: number (integer), size (floating point number with size unit suf‐ fix), percent (floating point number with or without % suffix), string.


All tools return a status code of zero on success or non-zero on failure.


HOME Directory containing .lvm_history if the internal readline shell is invoked. LVM_COMMAND_PROFILE Name of default command profile to use for LVM commands. This profile is overriden by direct use of --commandprofile command line option. LVM_SYSTEM_DIR Directory containing lvm.conf(5) and other LVM system files. Defaults to "/etc/lvm". LVM_SUPPRESS_FD_WARNINGS Suppress warnings about unexpected file descriptors passed into LVM. LVM_VG_NAME The Volume Group name that is assumed for any reference to a Logical Volume that doesn't specify a path. Not set by default. LVM_LVMETAD_PIDFILE Path to the file that stores the lvmetad process ID. LVM_LVMETAD_SOCKET Path to the socket used to communicate with lvmetad. LVM_LVMPOLLD_PIDFILE Path to the file that stores the lvmpolld process ID. LVM_LVMPOLLD_SOCKET Path to the socket used to communicate with lvmpolld.. LVM_LOG_FILE_EPOCH A string of up to 32 letters appended to the log filename and followed by the process ID and a timestamp. When set, each process logs to a separate file. LVM_EXPECTED_EXIT_STATUS The status anticipated when the process exits. Use ">N" to match any status greater than N. If the actual exit status matches and a log file got produced, it is deleted. LVM_LOG_FILE_EPOCH and LVM_EXPECTED_EXIT_STATUS together allow auto‐ mated test scripts to discard uninteresting log data. LVM_SUPPRESS_LOCKING_FAILURE_MESSAGES Used to suppress warning messages when the configured locking is known to be unavailable. DM_ABORT_ON_INTERNAL_ERRORS Abort processing if the code detects a non-fatal internal error. DM_DISABLE_UDEV Avoid interaction with udev. LVM will manage the relevant nodes in /dev directly.


/etc/lvm/lvm.conf $HOME/.lvm_history


lvm.conf(5), lvmcache(7), lvmthin(7), clvmd(8), dmsetup(8), lvchange(8), lvcreate(8), lvdisplay(8), lvextend(8), lvmchange(8), lvmconfig(8), lvmdiskscan(8), lvreduce(8), lvremove(8), lvrename(8), lvresize(8), lvs(8), lvscan(8), pvchange(8), pvck(8), pvcreate(8), pvdisplay(8), pvmove(8), pvremove(8), pvs(8), pvscan(8), vgcfgbackup(8), vgchange(8), vgck(8), vgconvert(8), vgcreate(8), vgdisplay(8), vgextend(8), vgimport(8), vgimportclone(8), vgmerge(8), vgmknodes(8), vgreduce(8), vgremove(8), vgrename(8), vgs(8), vgscan(8), vgsplit(8), readline(3)
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