[libvirt-users] re-create disk image file

Henrik Ahlgren pablo at seestieto.com
Mon Nov 5 19:53:20 UTC 2012

On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 at 11:03:11AM -0800, Joe Linoff wrote:
> I am curious about how to re-create a disk image file from a running
> guest when the original disk image file is accidentally deleted. This
> came up recently during a test scenario but I couldn't figure out how to
> do it.

If you have unlinked the image, but qemu-kvm (or whatever hypervisor
you are running) still has it open, you should be able to to recover
it by going to /proc/PID/fd and looking for a file descriptor number
that is a symlink to your deleted image. Just copy it to a safe
place. I would first run sync inside the guest and maybe suspend
it. It would be nice if you could switch it to single user mode with
all filesystems mounted read-only, but whatever you do, avoid
destroying the domain.

Or why not just attach a new disk to the guest and copy stuff inside
the guest?

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