LVM(8)                                                                  LVM(8)

       lvm - LVM2 tools

       lvm [command | file]

       lvm  provides  the command-line tools for LVM2.  A separate manual page
       describes each command in detail.

       If lvm is invoked with no  arguments  it  presents  a  readline  prompt
       (assuming  it was compiled 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  com-
       mand  (for  example  by using a hard or soft link) it acts as that com-

       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  substi-
       tuted.  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  infor-
       mation gets cached internally between commands.

       A file containing a simple script with one command per line can also be
       given on the command line.  The script can also be executed directly if
       the first line is #! followed by the absolute path of lvm.

       The  following commands are built into lvm without links normally being
       created in the filesystem for them.

       dumpconfig -- Display the configuration information after
              loading lvm.conf (5) and any other configuration files.

       formats -- Display recognised metadata formats.

       help -- Display the help text.

       pvdata -- Not implemented in LVM2.

       segtypes -- Display recognised logical volume segment types.

       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.

       vgmerge -- Merge two volume groups.

       vgmknodes -- Recreate volume group directory and logical volume special

       vgreduce -- Reduce a volume group by removing one or more physical vol-

       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  snap-

       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.

       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  generically  and  documented  here rather than repeated on
       individual manual pages.

       -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.

       --quiet -- Suppress output and log messages.
              Overrides -d and -v.

       -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  function.  This may lead to unusual error mes-
              sages 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

       -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 vol-
              ume groups that are only partially available.  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 volume of the same or large size use pvcre-
              ate -u to set the uuid to match the original followed  by  vgcf-
              grestore (8).

       -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.

              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  direc-
              tory is mounted read-only when the script runs.

       --addtag tag
              Add  the tag tag to a PV, VG or LV.  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 multiple 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.  Snapshots  cannot  be  tagged.
              Characters allowed in tags are: A-Z a-z 0-9 _ + . -

       --deltag tag
              Delete the tag tag from a PV, VG or LV, if it's present.

       --alloc AllocationPolicy
              The  allocation  policy  to use: contiguous, cling, normal, any-
              where or inherit.  When a command  needs  to  allocate  physical
              extents  from  the  volume group, the allocation policy controls
              how they are chosen.  Each volume group and logical  volume  has
              an  allocation policy.  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  vol-
              ume group.  These policies can be changed using lvchange (8) and
              vgchange (8) or over-ridden on the command line of  any  command
              that  performs  allocation.  The contiguous policy requires that
              new extents be placed adjacent to existing extents.   The  cling
              policy  places new extents on the same physical volume as exist-
              ing extents in the same stripe of the Logical Volume.  If  there
              are sufficient free extents to satisfy an allocation request but
              normal doesn't use them, anywhere will - even  if  that  reduces
              performance  by placing two stripes on the same physical volume.

              N.B. The policies described above are not implemented fully yet.
              In particular, contiguous free space cannot be broken up to sat-
              isfy allocation attempts.

              Directory  containing  lvm.conf  and  other  LVM  system  files.
              Defaults to "/etc/lvm".

       HOME   Directory containing .lvm_history if the internal readline shell
              is invoked.

              The volume group name that is assumed for  any  reference  to  a
              logical volume that doesn't specify a path.  Not set by default.

       The following characters are valid for VG and LV names: 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 '..'.  A LV cannot be
       called  '.'  '..' 'snapshot' or 'pvmove'. The LV name may also not con-
       tain the strings '_mlog' or '_mimage'

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


       clvmd(8),  lvchange(8),  lvcreate(8),  lvdisplay(8),  lvextend(8), lvm-
       change(8), lvmdiskscan(8), lvreduce(8), lvremove(8), lvrename(8), lvre-
       size(8),  lvs(8),  lvscan(8), pvchange(8), pvck(8), pvcreate(8), pvdis-
       play(8), pvmove(8),  pvremove(8),  pvs(8),  pvscan(8),  vgcfgbackup(8),
       vgchange(8),  vgck(8),  vgconvert(8),  vgcreate(8), vgdisplay(8), vgex-
       tend(8),  vgimport(8),  vgmerge(8),  vgmknodes(8),  vgreduce(8),  vgre-
       move(8),   vgrename(8),  vgs(8),  vgscan(8),  vgsplit(8),  readline(3),

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