LVREMOVE(8)                System Manager's Manual               LVREMOVE(8)

NAME         top

       lvremove - Remove logical volume(s) from the system

SYNOPSIS         top

       lvremove position_args
           [ option_args ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       lvremove removes one or more LVs. For standard LVs, this returns the
       logical extents that were used by the LV to the VG for use by other

       Confirmation will be requested before deactivating any active LV
       prior to removal.  LVs cannot be deactivated or removed while they
       are open (e.g.  if they contain a mounted filesystem). Removing an
       origin LV will also remove all dependent snapshots.

       When a single force option is used, LVs are removed without
       confirmation, and the command will try to deactivate unused LVs.

       To remove damaged LVs, two force options may be required (-ff).

       Historical LVs

       If the configuration setting metadata/record_lvs_history is enabled
       and the LV being removed forms part of the history of at least one LV
       that is still present, then a simplified representation of the LV
       will be retained. This includes the time of removal (lv_time_removed
       reporting field), creation time (lv_time), name (lv_name), LV uuid
       (lv_uuid) and VG name (vg_name). This allows later reporting to see
       the ancestry chain of thin snapshot volumes, even after some
       intermediate LVs have been removed. The names of such historical LVs
       acquire a hyphen as a prefix (e.g. '-lvol1') and cannot be
       reactivated.  Use lvremove a second time, with the hyphen, to remove
       the record of the former LV completely.

USAGE         top

       lvremove VG|LV|Tag|Select ...
           [ -A|--autobackup y|n ]
           [ -f|--force ]
           [ -S|--select String ]
           [    --nohistory ]
           [    --noudevsync ]
           [    --reportformat basic|json ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]

       Common options for lvm:
           [ -d|--debug ]
           [ -h|--help ]
           [ -q|--quiet ]
           [ -t|--test ]
           [ -v|--verbose ]
           [ -y|--yes ]
           [    --commandprofile String ]
           [    --config String ]
           [    --driverloaded y|n ]
           [    --longhelp ]
           [    --profile String ]
           [    --version ]

OPTIONS         top

       -A|--autobackup y|n
              Specifies if metadata should be backed up automatically after
              a change.  Enabling this is strongly advised! See
              vgcfgbackup(8) for more information.

       --commandprofile String
              The command profile to use for command configuration.  See
              lvm.conf(5) for more information about profiles.

       --config String
              Config settings for the command. These override lvm.conf
              settings.  The String arg uses the same format as lvm.conf, or
              may use section/field syntax.  See lvm.conf(5) for more
              information about config.

       -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

       --driverloaded y|n
              If set to no, the command will not attempt to use device-
              mapper.  For testing and debugging.

       -f|--force ...
              Override various checks, confirmations and protections.  Use
              with extreme caution.

              Display help text.

              Display long help text.

              Do not record history of LVs being removed.  This has no
              effect unless the configuration setting
              metadata/record_lvs_history is enabled.

              Disables udev synchronisation. The process will not wait for
              notification from udev. It will continue irrespective of any
              possible udev processing in the background. Only use this if
              udev is not running or has rules that ignore the devices LVM

       --profile String
              An alias for --commandprofile or --metadataprofile, depending
              on the command.

       -q|--quiet ...
              Suppress output and log messages. Overrides --debug and
              --verbose.  Repeat once to also suppress any prompts with
              answer 'no'.

       --reportformat basic|json
              Overrides current output format for reports which is defined
              globally by the report/output_format setting in lvm.conf.
              basic is the original format with columns and rows.  If there
              is more than one report per command, each report is prefixed
              with the report name for identification. json produces report
              output in JSON format. See lvmreport(7) for more information.

       -S|--select String
              Select objects for processing and reporting based on specified
              criteria.  The criteria syntax is described by --select help
              and lvmreport(7).  For reporting commands, one row is
              displayed for each object matching the criteria.  See
              --options help for selectable object fields.  Rows can be
              displayed with an additional "selected" field (-o selected)
              showing 1 if the row matches the selection and 0 otherwise.
              For non-reporting commands which process LVM entities, the
              selection is used to choose items to process.

              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

       -v|--verbose ...
              Set verbose level. Repeat from 1 to 4 times to increase the
              detail of messages sent to stdout and stderr.

              Display version information.

              Do not prompt for confirmation interactively but always assume
              the answer yes. Use with extreme caution.  (For automatic no,
              see -qq.)

VARIABLES         top

              Volume Group name.  See lvm(8) for valid names.

              Logical Volume name.  See lvm(8) for valid names.  An LV
              positional arg generally includes the VG name and LV name,
              e.g. VG/LV.

              Tag name.  See lvm(8) for information about tag names and
              using tags in place of a VG, LV or PV.

              Select indicates that a required positional parameter can be
              omitted if the --select option is used.  No arg appears in
              this position.

              See the option description for information about the string

              Size is an input number that accepts an optional unit.  Input
              units are always treated as base two values, regardless of
              capitalization, e.g. 'k' and 'K' both refer to 1024.  The
              default input unit is specified by letter, followed by |UNIT.
              UNIT represents other possible input units: bBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE.
              b|B is bytes, s|S is sectors of 512 bytes, k|K is kilobytes,
              m|M is megabytes, g|G is gigabytes, t|T is terabytes, p|P is
              petabytes, e|E is exabytes.  (This should not be confused with
              the output control --units, where capital letters mean
              multiple of 1000.)


       See lvm(8) for information about environment variables used by lvm.
       For example, LVM_VG_NAME can generally be substituted for a required
       VG parameter.

EXAMPLES         top

       Remove an active LV without asking for confirmation.
       lvremove -f vg00/lvol1

       Remove all LVs the specified VG.
       lvremove vg00

SEE ALSO         top

       lvm(8) lvm.conf(5) lvmconfig(8)

       pvchange(8) pvck(8) pvcreate(8) pvdisplay(8) pvmove(8) pvremove(8)
       pvresize(8) pvs(8) pvscan(8)

       vgcfgbackup(8) vgcfgrestore(8) vgchange(8) vgck(8) vgcreate(8)
       vgconvert(8) vgdisplay(8) vgexport(8) vgextend(8) vgimport(8)
       vgimportclone(8) vgmerge(8) vgmknodes(8) vgreduce(8) vgremove(8)
       vgrename(8) vgs(8) vgscan(8) vgsplit(8)

       lvcreate(8) lvchange(8) lvconvert(8) lvdisplay(8) lvextend(8)
       lvreduce(8) lvremove(8) lvrename(8) lvresize(8) lvs(8) lvscan(8)

       lvm2-activation-generator(8) blkdeactivate(8) lvmdump(8)

       dmeventd(8) lvmetad(8) lvmpolld(8) lvmlockd(8) lvmlockctl(8) clvmd(8)
       cmirrord(8) lvmdbusd(8)

       lvmsystemid(7) lvmreport(7) lvmraid(7) lvmthin(7) lvmcache(7)

COLOPHON         top

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Red Hat, Inc.      LVM TOOLS 2.02.171(2)-git (2017-04-13)        LVREMOVE(8)

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