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Re: LVM + XFS + external log + snapshots

To: aurfalien <aurfalien@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: LVM + XFS + external log + snapshots
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:55:46 +1000
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On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30:31PM -0700, aurfalien wrote:
> Hi all,
> So I have an XFS file system within LVM  which has an external log.
> My mount option in FSTAB is;
> /dev/vg_spock_data/lv_data    /data   xfs     
> logdev=/dev/sdc1,nobarrier,logbufs=8,noatime,nodiratime 1 1
> All is well no issues and very fast.
> Now I'd like to snapshot this bad boy and then run rsnapshot to create a few 
> days backup.

You need to snapshot the log device as well.

But that is problematic in that you need to snapshot it at the same
time you snapshot the data volume. Hence yo'd have to do:

# xfs_freeze -f <filesystem>
# <snapshot data volume>
# <snapshot log volume>
# xfs_freeze -u <filesystem>

And now you can mount the snapshot with:

# mount /dev/vg_spock_data/datasnapshot /snapshot -o 

If you can't snapshot the log device, then you can't snapshot the
filesystem. Yet another reason for using internal logs...


Dave Chinner

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