[Novalug] LVM Snapshots
American Dave Kline
novalug at soupy.org
Sun Dec 19 10:07:16 EST 2010
On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 03:52:39AM -0500, James Ewing Cottrell 3rd wrote:
> Peter Larsen wrote:
> "Snapshots are fine; just don't mount your root on a snapshot."
> This is precisely the question I asked!
> Dave says "Yes, this is OK". Now who is right?
Peter mentioned things that were important, that
snapshots consume I/O and you'll have to worry about running out of
space in a snapshot -- very important things to worry about with a root
filesystem. Hence my suggestion of --merge, which means if you like
your snapshot you can merge it to its origin.
Peter also gave a great LVM talk.
> And BTW, there is No Such Thing as "lvconvert --merge". At least not in
> CentOS 5.5.
Correct. RHEL 6, Fedora 14, etc, contain --merge. CentOS is based off
of RHEL 5 at present. Red Hat is offering more affordable ways to get
RHEL 6, you might want to have a look.
Consider purchasing RHEL as an investment in CentOS's upstream.
That said, I suppose you could try booting a live distro and merging
the snapshot(s) using the live LVM. I've never done this, but would
investigate if it was important.
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