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From: "Tomas Dalebjörk" <>
To: LVM general discussion and development <>
Cc: Zdenek Kabelac <>
Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] how to convert a disk containing a snapshot to a snapshot lv?
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 07:40:45 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Yes, it is an incremental backup based of the cow device
no worries about the backup, that works fine, and now by just creating a lv snapshot on it, works too
sent you an example before
# extend vg with new bu disk
vgextend xxx newdisk
# create lv structure on disk
lvcreate -s -L wholedisksize -n s1 xxx/lv newdisk
# merge has to be started offline?
lvchange -a n xxx/lv
# start merge
lvconvert -merge -b xxx/s1
# online the lv
lvchange -a y xxx/s1

The backup is provisioned through the disk, and makes the data available immediately

But, I guess I can skip some steps?

Restoring data in just a matter of minutes, regardless of size, or will say, making the data available anywhere in just a few minutes, regardless of size

Also working with writes, without destroying the backup

are there a way to get a signal when a merge has completed?
or do I have to implement a monitor 
dmsetup xxx
or lvs
to check when merge has completed

Reference Tomas

Sent from my iPhone

> On 28 Dec 2021, at 06:32, Stuart D Gathman <> wrote:
>> If you want to give it a try, just create a snapshot on a specific device
>> And change all the blocks on the origin, there you are, you now have a cow
>> device containing all data needed.
>> How to move this snapshot device to another server, reattach it to an empty
>> lv volume as a snapshot.
>> lvconvert -s, command requires an argument of an existing snapshot volume
>> name.
>> But there is no snapshot on the new server, so it can't re-attach the
>> volume.
>> So what procedures should be invoked to create just the detached references
>> in LVM, so that the lvconver -s command can work?
> Just copy the snapshot to another server, by whatever method you would
> use to copy the COW and Data volumes (I prefer partclone for supported
> filesystems).  No need for lvconvert.  You are trying WAY WAY too hard.
> Are you by any chance trying to create an incremental backup system
> based on lvm snapshot COW?  If so, say so.
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  reply	other threads:[~2021-12-28  6:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-12-19 16:43 Tomas Dalebjörk
2021-12-20 14:51 ` Phillip Susi
2021-12-21 13:46 ` Zdenek Kabelac
2021-12-21 14:44   ` Tomas Dalebjörk
2021-12-21 15:30     ` Zdenek Kabelac
2021-12-21 16:12       ` Tomas Dalebjörk
2021-12-22 10:40         ` Zdenek Kabelac
2021-12-28  5:04         ` Stuart D Gathman
2021-12-28  6:40           ` Tomas Dalebjörk [this message]
2021-12-29 13:35             ` Stuart D Gathman
2021-12-21 19:23     ` Phillip Susi

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