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[linux-lvm] Snapshot of an LVM snapshots?



Hi LVM Gurus,

>From what I've read around, it is not possible to take a snapshot of an 
LVM snapshot. Is this something that is worked upon currently as a future 
enhancement? If not, why not?

To give you a background, we're working on a periodic (xen) VM 
checkpointing project, using LVM for VM disk checkpointing. As we take 
several snapshots of the same volume, the write throughput reduces 
drastically. I conjecture this is because, for each write to the (base)
volume, each of the snapshots' mappings is checked to decide whether to 
copy the blocks to the snapshot or not.
It seems that this can be helped by:
- taking a snapshot of the latest snapshot and having the writes go to 
  the new snapshot
or
- making LVM use only the latest snapshot for CoW as writes go to the base 
  volume.

Any suggestions/pointers greatly appreaciated.

thanks,
Prashanth


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