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LVM(8)                      System Manager's Manual                     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
       command (for example by using a hard or soft link) it acts as that

       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 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

       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

       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
              disabling all metadata writing but nevertheless returning
              success to the calling function.  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

       -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.  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
              pvcreate -u to set the uuid to match the original followed by
              vgcfgrestore (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
              directory 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,
              anywhere 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
              volume 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 existing 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
              satisfy 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
       contain the strings '_mlog' or '_mimage'

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


       clvmd(8), lvchange(8), lvcreate(8), lvdisplay(8), lvextend(8),
       lvmchange(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), vgmerge(8), vgmknodes(8),
       vgreduce(8), vgremove(8), vgrename(8), vgs(8), vgscan(8), vgsplit(8),
       readline(3), lvm.conf(5)

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