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Re: [libvirt-users] vol-wipe and delete



On 04/10/2012 06:20 PM, Shawn Davis wrote:
> Hello all,
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> I know libvirt has the following two commands:
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> vol-wipe

calls virStorageVolWipe or virStorageVolWipePattern (depending on
arguments), which overwrites the existing data with all 0 or with a
specific pattern.  The file stays intact, but future uses of the file
will no longer see the data that had been there previously.

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> vol-delete

calls virStorageVolDelete, which removes the file but does not wipe it
(so the data is still present on the backing storage device).

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> Can someone please explain to me how these function?  Do these only remove
> previous session data so that a new virtual instance cannot see it or does
> it remove it at the physical level level too so that the data cannot be
> found anywhere on the physical drive?

If you want the data removed at the physical layer, use vol-wipe.

-- 
Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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