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NAME         top

       pvmove — Move extents from one physical volume to another

SYNOPSIS         top

       pvmove position_args
           [ option_args ]
           [ position_args ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pvmove moves the allocated physical extents (PEs) on a source PV
       to one or more destination PVs.  You can optionally specify a
       source LV in which case only extents used by that LV will be
       moved to free (or specified) extents on the destination PV. If no
       destination PV is specified, the normal allocation rules for the
       VG are used.

       If pvmove is interrupted for any reason (e.g. the machine
       crashes) then run pvmove again without any PV arguments to
       restart any operations that were in progress from the last
       checkpoint. Alternatively, use the abort option at any time to
       abort the operation. The resulting location of LVs after an abort
       depends on whether the atomic option was used.

       More than one pvmove can run concurrently if they are moving data
       from different source PVs, but additional pvmoves will ignore any
       LVs already in the process of being changed, so some data might
       not get moved.

USAGE         top

       Move PV extents.

       pvmove PV
           [ -A|--autobackup y|n ]
           [ -n|--name LV ]
           [    --alloc contiguous|cling|cling_by_tags|normal|anywhere|
           inherit ]
           [    --atomic ]
           [    --noudevsync ]
           [    --reportformat basic|json ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]
           [ PV ... ]

       Continue or abort existing pvmove operations.

           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]

       Common options for command:
           [ -b|--background ]
           [ -i|--interval Number ]
           [    --abort ]

       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 ]
           [    --journal String ]
           [    --lockopt String ]
           [    --longhelp ]
           [    --nohints ]
           [    --nolocking ]
           [    --profile String ]
           [    --version ]

OPTIONS         top

              Abort any pvmove operations in progress. If a pvmove was
              started with the --atomic option, then all LVs will remain
              on the source PV.  Otherwise, segments that have been
              moved will remain on the destination PV, while unmoved
              segments will remain on the source PV.

       --alloc contiguous|cling|cling_by_tags|normal|anywhere|inherit
              Determines the allocation policy when a command needs to
              allocate Physical Extents (PEs) from the VG. Each VG and
              LV has an allocation policy which can be changed with
              vgchange/lvchange, or overridden on the command line.
              normal applies common sense rules such as not placing
              parallel stripes on the same PV.  inherit applies the VG
              policy to an LV.  contiguous requires new PEs be placed
              adjacent to existing PEs.  cling places new PEs on the
              same PV as existing PEs in the same stripe of the LV.  If
              there are sufficient PEs for an allocation, but normal
              does not use them, anywhere will use them even if it
              reduces performance, e.g. by placing two stripes on the
              same PV.  Optional positional PV args on the command line
              can also be used to limit which PVs the command will use
              for allocation.  See lvm(8) for more information about

              Makes a pvmove operation atomic, ensuring that all
              affected LVs are moved to the destination PV, or none are
              if the operation is aborted.

       -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.

              If the operation requires polling, this option causes the
              command to return before the operation is complete, and
              polling is done in the background.

       --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

       --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.

              Display help text.

       -i|--interval Number
              Report progress at regular intervals.

       --journal String
              Record information in the systemd journal.  This
              information is in addition to information enabled by the
              lvm.conf log/journal setting.  command: record information
              about the command.  output: record the default command
              output.  debug: record full command debugging.

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

              Display long help text.

       -n|--name String
              Move only the extents belonging to the named LV.

              Do not use the hints file to locate devices for PVs. A
              command may read more devices to find PVs when hints are
              not used. The command will still perform standard hint
              file invalidation where appropriate.

              Disable locking.

              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.

       --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.

              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.

       -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

       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 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


       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.

NOTES         top

       pvmove works as follows:

       1. A temporary 'pvmove' LV is created to store details of all the
       data movements required.

       2. Every LV in the VG is searched for contiguous data that need
       moving according to the command line arguments.  For each piece
       of data found, a new segment is added to the end of the pvmove
       LV.  This segment takes the form of a temporary mirror to copy
       the data from the original location to a newly allocated
       location.  The original LV is updated to use the new temporary
       mirror segment in the pvmove LV instead of accessing the data

       3. The VG metadata is updated on disk.

       4. The first segment of the pvmove LV is activated and starts to
       mirror the first part of the data.  Only one segment is mirrored
       at once as this is usually more efficient.

       5. A daemon repeatedly checks progress at the specified time
       interval.  When it detects that the first temporary mirror is in
       sync, it breaks that mirror so that only the new location for
       that data gets used and writes a checkpoint into the VG metadata
       on disk.  Then it activates the mirror for the next segment of
       the pvmove LV.

       6. When there are no more segments left to be mirrored, the
       temporary LV is removed and the VG metadata is updated so that
       the LVs reflect the new data locations.

       Note that this new process cannot support the original LVM1 type
       of on-disk metadata.  Metadata can be converted using

       If the --atomic option is used, a slightly different approach is
       used for the move.  Again, a temporary 'pvmove' LV is created to
       store the details of all the data movements required.  This
       temporary LV contains all the segments of the various LVs that
       need to be moved.  However, in this case, an identical LV is
       allocated that contains the same number of segments and a mirror
       is created to copy the contents from the first temporary LV to
       the second.  After a complete copy is made, the temporary LVs are
       removed, leaving behind the segments on the destination PV.  If
       an abort is issued during the move, all LVs being moved will
       remain on the source PV.

EXAMPLES         top

       Move all physical extents that are used by simple LVs on the
       specified PV to free physical extents elsewhere in the VG.
       pvmove /dev/sdb1

       Use a specific destination PV when moving physical extents.
       pvmove /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1

       Move extents belonging to a single LV.
       pvmove -n lvol1 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1

       Rather than moving the contents of an entire device, it is
       possible to move a range of physical extents, for example numbers
       1000 to 1999 inclusive on the specified PV.
       pvmove /dev/sdb1:1000-1999

       A range of physical extents to move can be specified as
       start+length. For example, starting from PE 1000. (Counting
       starts from 0, so this refers to the 1001st to the 2000th PE
       pvmove /dev/sdb1:1000+1000

       Move a range of physical extents to a specific PV (which must
       have sufficient free extents).
       pvmove /dev/sdb1:1000-1999 /dev/sdc1

       Move a range of physical extents to specific new extents on a new
       pvmove /dev/sdb1:1000-1999 /dev/sdc1:0-999

       If the source and destination are on the same disk, the anywhere
       allocation policy is needed.
       pvmove --alloc anywhere /dev/sdb1:1000-1999 /dev/sdb1:0-999

       The part of a specific LV present within in a range of physical
       extents can also be picked out and moved.
       pvmove -n lvol1 /dev/sdb1:1000-1999 /dev/sdc1

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), blkdeactivate(8), lvmdump(8),

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

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

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the lvm2 (Logical Volume Manager 2) project.
       Information about the project can be found at 
       ⟨http://www.sourceware.org/lvm2/⟩.  If you have a bug report for
       this manual page, see ⟨https://github.com/lvmteam/lvm2/issues⟩.
       This page was obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
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