lxc-snapshot creates, lists, and restores container snapshots.
Snapshots are stored as snapshotted containers under the
container's configuration path. For instance, if the container's
configuration path is /var/lib/lxc and the container is c1, then
the first snapshot will be stored as container snap0 under the
path /var/lib/lxc/c1/snaps. If /var/lib/lxcsnaps, as used by LXC
1.0, already exists, then it will continue to be used.
Associate the comment in comment_file with the newly
Destroy the named snapshot. If the named snapshot is ALL,
then all snapshots will be destroyed.
List existing snapshots.
Show snapshot comments in the snapshots listings.
Restore the named snapshot, meaning a full new container
is created which is a copy of the snapshot.
When restoring a snapshot, the last optional argument if
not given explicitly via --newname is the name to use for
the restored container. If the newname is identical to the
original name of the container, then the original
container will be destroyed and the restored container
will take its place. Note that deleting the original
snapshot is not possible in the case of overlayfs or zfs
These options are common to most of lxc commands.
-?, -h, --help
Print a longer usage message than normal.
Give the usage message
Use an alternate container path. The default is
Output to an alternate log FILE. The default is no log.
Set log priority to LEVEL. The default log priority is
ERROR. Possible values are : FATAL, ALERT, CRIT, WARN,
ERROR, NOTICE, INFO, DEBUG, TRACE.
Note that this option is setting the priority of the
events log in the alternate log file. It do not have
effect on the ERROR events log on stderr.
Use container identifier NAME. The container identifier
format is an alphanumeric string.
Specify the configuration file to configure the
virtualization and isolation functionalities for the
This configuration file if present will be used even if
there is already a configuration file present in the
previously created container (via lxc-create).
Show the version number.
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