[linux-lvm] lvcreate and lvremove --quiet option is not quiet

Jeff jlar310 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 16:07:07 UTC 2011

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 7:41 AM, Mike Snitzer <snitzer at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 15 2011 at  8:02am -0500,
> Jeff <jlar310 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM, Alasdair G Kergon <agk at redhat.com> wrote:
>> > The simple problem is that the code today does not distinguish between
>> > essential output (to stdout) and incidental output (to stdout).
>> >
>> > If I run 'pvs' I expect a list of PVs.
>> > If I run 'pvs --quiet' do I still expect to see that list?
>> >
>> > Today, there is no distinction: pvs output and the message you're wanting
>> > to suppress are the same category of message.
>> Yes, there should be a difference between "do-something" commands and
>> "tell-me-something" commands. I hope there aren't too many cases where
>> that's a gray area.
> Ignoring the fact that we have a --quiet option for a moment, why is
> the additional output of the command(s) so problematic?

In short, the --quiet option isn't quiet.

In the case of lvcreate and lvremove it prints purely informational
confirmation messages to stdout. I find this somewhat inconsistent
with other linux commands that offer a --quiet option (rsync for

It's not so much problematic as it is an issue of good design and
documentation. It's easy enough for me to send stdout to /dev/null in
my scripts, but that does run the risk of missing important
information in the case of unexpected results. What if the program
isn't so precise about sending error messages to stderr? Of course
that brings us back to the question of whether or not error-free cron
jobs should generate mail, which could be a matter of opinion. Mine
happens to be that they should not bother me unless there is a

As already stated, for commands such as lvcreate and lvremove where
the user is requesting the lvm system to "do something" and not "tell
me something" I think the --quiet option should actually make the
program be quiet, which it does not in the current implementation.

I am not a hard-core c developer and it's not likely that I would be
able to find the time to contribute trustworthy patches. If the
lvm-powers-that-be wish to ignore me, I can live with that. I simply
saw a potential improvement and chose to share my thoughts.


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