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

NAME         top

       pvs — report information about physical volumes

SYNOPSIS         top

       pvs [-a|--all] [--aligned] [--binary] [--commandprofile ProfileName]
       [[--configreport ReportName] [-o|--options [+|-|#]Field1[,Field2...]
       [-O|--sort [+|-]Key1[,Key2...]]  [-S|--select Selection] ...]
       [-d|--debug] [-h|-?|--help] [--ignorelockingfailure]
       [--ignoreskippedcluster] [--logonly] [--nameprefixes] [--noheadings]
       [--nosuffix] [-P|--partial] [--reportformat {basic|json}] [--rows]
       [--segments] [--separator Separator] [--unbuffered] [--units
       hHbBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE] [--unquoted] [-v|--verbose] [--version]
       [PhysicalVolume [PhysicalVolume...]]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pvs produces formatted output about physical volumes.

OPTIONS         top

       See lvm(8) for common options.

       --all  Include information in the output about devices that have not
              been initialized with pvcreate(8).

              Use with --separator to align the output columns.

              Use binary values "0" or "1" instead of descriptive literal
              values for columns that have exactly two valid values to
              report (not counting the "unknown" value which denotes that
              the value could not be determined).

       --configreport  ReportName
              Make any subsequent -o, --options, -O, --sort or -S, --select
              to apply for ReportName where ReportName is either 'pv' for
              command's main report or 'log' for log report.  If
              --configreport option is not used to identify a report, then
              command's main report is assumed. The log report is available
              only if enabled by log/report_command_log lvm.conf(5) setting
              or if --logonly option is used.

              Suppress the pvs report itself and display only log report on

              Add an "LVM2_" prefix plus the field name to the output.
              Useful with --noheadings to produce a list of field=value
              pairs that can be used to set environment variables (for
              example, in udev(7) rules).

              Suppress the headings line that is normally the first line of
              output.  Useful if grepping the output.

              Suppress the suffix on output sizes.  Use with --units (except
              h and H) if processing the output.

       -o, --options
              Comma-separated ordered list of columns.

              Precede the list with '+' to append to the current list of
              columns, '-' to remove from the current list of columns or '#'
              to compact given columns. The -o option can be repeated,
              providing several lists. These lists are evaluated from left
              to right.

              Use -o pv_all to select all physical volume columns, and -o
              pvseg_all to select all Physical Volume segment columns.

              Use -o help to view the full list of columns available.

              Column names include: pv_fmt, pv_uuid, dev_size, pv_name,
              pv_mda_free, pv_mda_size, pv_ba_start, pv_ba_size, pe_start,
              pv_size, pv_free, pv_used, pv_attr, pv_pe_count,
              pv_pe_alloc_count, pv_tags, pv_mda_count, pv_mda_used_count,
              pvseg_start, and pvseg_size

              With --segments, any "pvseg_" prefixes are optional; otherwise
              any "pv_" prefixes are optional.  Columns mentioned in vgs(8)
              can also be chosen. The pv_attr bits are: (a)llocatable,
              e(x)ported, (m)issing, (u)sed (but not allocatable),

              Produces one line of output for each contiguous allocation of
              space on each Physical Volume, showing the start (pvseg_start)
              and length (pvseg_size) in units of physical extents.

       -S, --select Selection
              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.
              The Selection criteria are defined by specifying column names
              and their valid values (that can include reserved values)
              while making use of supported comparison operators. See lvm(8)
              and -S, --select description for more detailed information
              about constructing the Selection criteria. As a quick help and
              to see full list of column names that can be used in Selection
              including the list of reserved values and the set of supported
              selection operators, check the output of pvs -S help command.

       -O, --sort
              Comma-separated ordered list of columns to sort by.  Replaces
              the default selection. Precede any column with '-' for a
              reverse sort on that column.

       --rows Output columns as rows.

       --separator Separator
              String to use to separate each column.  Useful if grepping the

              Produce output immediately without sorting or aligning the
              columns properly.

       --units hHbBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE
              All sizes are output in these units: (h)uman-readable,
              (b)ytes, (s)ectors, (k)ilobytes, (m)egabytes, (g)igabytes,
              (t)erabytes, (p)etabytes, (e)xabytes.  Capitalise to use
              multiples of 1000 (S.I.) instead of 1024.  Can also specify
              custom units e.g. --units 3M

              When used with --nameprefixes, output values in the
              field=value pairs are not quoted.

SEE ALSO         top

       lvm(8), pvdisplay(8), lvs(8), vgs(8)

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