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Re: [linux-lvm] copy lv from lv?



> 1..how to pipe two copy  together

This is what I use after some experimenting.  I've found 
it's often far faster than the more obvious use of dd:

nice -5 dd if=/dev/clones/from bs=64M iflag=direct | 
        dd of=/dev/scratch/to bs=64M oflag=direct

I use 64 MB extents. For smaller extents, a matching dd 
block size might be good.

> 2.i take lv as xen-guestOS's  disk. usually many  guestOS created
> from one lv(called template), maybe many data is readonly, so  if  so
> many lvs share readonly part ,and have its private data? COW save
> disk space, and take less time. i do not think snapshot is sutable
> for this case. thanks

Some people use snapshots for that purpose.  I'm not one of those
people, so I don't know details, other than that it can be done.

If you are creating that template guest, meaning that you can choose
the filesystem layout, etc., the most efficient but less flexible 
option may be to decide explicitly what's read only. The liveCD 
crowd has documented procedures gained from their experience in 
making most of the system read only. As a side benefit, such systems
can't be rooted or screwed up in some ways, so there's a level of
trust knowing the core system is "correct".  Then you could mount 
the same image for the readonyl portions of many guests, while 
mounting "per guest" images for /home, /tmp, etc.
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On Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:49:21 +0800 (CST)
yue <ooolinux 163 com> wrote:

> 1..how to pipe two copy  together
> 2.i take lv as xen-guestOS's  disk. usually many  guestOS created
> from one lv(called template), maybe many data is readonly, so  if  so
> many lvs share readonly part ,and have its private data? COW save
> disk space, and take less time. i do not think snapshot is sutable
> for this case. thanks
> 
> 
> 
> 
> At 2011-03-30 01:48:14,"Ray Morris" <support bettercgi com> wrote:
> 
> >> if lvm do not support lv copy? it is better copy on write.
> >> dd takes long time.
> >
> >For a complete copy the only thing faster than "dd" is two 
> >copies of "dd" piped together. dd is basically limited by
> >the speed of the physical disks, assuming proper arguments 
> >to dd.  For a copy on write, that's called a snapshot. LVM 
> >COULD beused to copy, by making and splitting a mirror, but 
> >that's going to be a lot slower than dd. (Though a mirror and
> >split can be used on a live filesystem, wth it unmounted only 
> >for an instant during the split).
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> >On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:53:37 +0800 (CST)
> >yue <ooolinux 163 com> wrote:
> >
> >> if lvm do not support lv copy? it is better copy on write.
> >> dd takes long time.
> >>  
> >> thanks
> >
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