pvscan(8) — Linux manual page

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

NAME         top

       pvscan — List all physical volumes

SYNOPSIS         top

       pvscan option_args
           [ option_args ]
           [ position_args ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       When called without the --cache option, pvscan lists PVs on the
       system, like pvs(8) or pvdisplay(8).

       When the --cache and -aay options are used, pvscan records which
       PVs are available on the system, and activates LVs in completed
       VGs.  A VG is complete when pvscan sees that the final PV in the
       VG has appeared.  This is used by event-based system startup
       (systemd, udev) to activate LVs.

       The four main variations of this are:

       pvscan --cache device

       If device is present, lvm adds a record that the PV on device is
       online.  If device is not present, lvm removes the online record
       for the PV.  In most cases, the pvscan will only read the named
       devices.

       pvscan --cache -aay device...

       This begins by performing the same steps as above.  Afterward, if
       the VG for the specified PV is complete, then pvscan will
       activate LVs in the VG (the same as vgchange -aay vgname would
       do.)

       pvscan --cache

       This first clears all existing PV online records, then scans all
       devices on the system, adding PV online records for any PVs that
       are found.

       pvscan --cache -aay

       This begins by performing the same steps as pvscan --cache.
       Afterward, it activates LVs in any complete VGs.

       To prevent devices from being scanned by pvscan --cache, add them
       to lvm.conf(5) devices/global_filter.  For more information, see:
       lvmconfig --withcomments devices/global_filter

       Auto-activation of VGs or LVs can be enabled/disabled using:
       lvm.conf(5) activation/auto_activation_volume_list

       For more information, see:
       lvmconfig --withcomments activation/auto_activation_volume_list

       To disable auto-activation, explicitly set this list to an empty
       list, i.e. auto_activation_volume_list = [ ].

       When this setting is undefined (e.g. commented), then all LVs are
       auto-activated.

USAGE         top

       Display PV information.

       pvscan
           [ -e|--exported ]
           [ -n|--novolumegroup ]
           [ -s|--short ]
           [ -u|--uuid ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]

       Autoactivate a VG when all PVs are online.

       pvscan --cache
           [ -a|--activate ay ]
           [ -j|--major Number ]
           [    --minor Number ]
           [    --noudevsync ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]
           [ String|PV ... ]

       Common options for command:
           [    --ignorelockingfailure ]
           [    --reportformat basic|json ]

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

OPTIONS         top

       -a|--activate y|n|ay
              Auto-activate LVs in a VG when the PVs scanned have
              completed the VG.  (Only ay is applicable.)

       --cache
              Scan one or more devices and record that they are online.

       --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(5) settings.  The String arg uses the same format
              as lvm.conf(5), 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
              configured).

       --devices PV
              Devices that the command can use. This option can be
              repeated or accepts a comma separated list of devices.
              This overrides the devices file.

       --devicesfile String
              A file listing devices that LVM should use.  The file must
              exist in /etc/lvm/devices/ and is managed with the
              lvmdevices(8) command.  This overrides the lvm.conf(5)
              devices/devicesfile and devices/use_devicesfile settings.

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

       -e|--exported
              Only show PVs belonging to exported VGs.

       -h|--help
              Display help text.

       --ignorelockingfailure
              Allows a command to continue with read-only metadata
              operations after locking failures.

       --lockopt String
              Used to pass options for special cases to lvmlockd.  See
              lvmlockd(8) for more information.

       --longhelp
              Display long help text.

       -j|--major Number
              The major number of a device.

       --minor Number
              The minor number of a device.

       --nolocking
              Disable locking.

       --noudevsync
              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 creates.

       -n|--novolumegroup
              Only show PVs not belonging to any VG.

       --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(5).  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|--short
              Short listing format.

       -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.

       -u|--uuid
              Show UUIDs in addition to device names.

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

       --version
              Display version information.

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

VARIABLES         top

       PV     Physical Volume name, a device path under /dev.  For
              commands managing physical extents, a PV positional arg
              generally accepts a suffix indicating a range (or multiple
              ranges) of physical extents (PEs). When the first PE is
              omitted, it defaults to the start of the device, and when
              the last PE is omitted it defaults to end.  Start and end
              range (inclusive): PV[:PE-PE]...  Start and length range
              (counting from 0): PV[:PE+PE]...

       String See the option description for information about the
              string content.

       Size[UNIT]
              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: b|B is bytes, s|S is sectors of 512 bytes, k|K is
              KiB, m|M is MiB, g|G is GiB, t|T is TiB, p|P is PiB, e|E
              is EiB.  (This should not be confused with the output
              control --units, where capital letters mean multiple of
              1000.)

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES         top

       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.

SEE ALSO         top

       lvm(8), lvm.conf(5), lvmconfig(8), lvmdevices(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), vgimportdevices(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),

       lvm-fullreport(8), lvm-lvpoll(8), lvm2-activation-generator(8),
       blkdeactivate(8), lvmdump(8),

       dmeventd(8), lvmpolld(8), lvmlockd(8), lvmlockctl(8),
       cmirrord(8), lvmdbusd(8), fsadm(8),

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

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the lvm2 (Logical Volume Manager 2) project.
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Red Hat, Inc.       LVM TOOLS 2.03.12(2) (2021-05-07)          PVSCAN(8)

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