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 ]
           [    --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
              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
              configured).

       --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.
              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: 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.)

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)

       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)

       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)

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

COLOPHON         top

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Red Hat, Inc.         LVM TOOLS 2.03.10(2) (2020-08-09)            PVSCAN(8)

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