[linux-lvm] what use is virtualsize -- or how is it to be used?

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Fri Jul 8 23:17:54 UTC 2011

Virtual size lets you create a 200G file system om a 20G LV and then lvextend as needed, without the need to resize the filesystem. Read about sparse files for ideas of other uses.

It'd like a sparse device in that blocks need not actually exist until they are written to.

It currently has a performance and flexibility impact that prevents us from using it, though we would like to.

"Linda A. Walsh" <lvm at tlinx.org> wrote:

>I just saw it in the man page, and first thing I tried was creating a 
>logical volume
>by just giving a --virtualsize, arg -- thinking it would 'auto-extend 
>it' as needed.
>Next was looking on the net and seeing an example that gave it some 
>small size (-L 1G),
>with a virtual size of 2G.   So what is that supposed to do?
>I just now thought to copy a bunch of files ( that differed from 
>yesterday to today) to a tmp
>partition) but had it fail miserably when it REALLY failed upon
>the physical
>limit -- not the virtual limit!)....
>I was trying to use rsync to copy from a snap from yesturday of /home 
>that was mounted on
>/ohome to 'home.diff' (the partition that I used 'virtual size' with, 
>... I gave it a real
>size of 1G, and a virtual size of 1T.
>Using rsync, I had --compare-dest=/ohome (where I mount yesturday's 
>snap) and copied
>from /home to /home.diff (the virtual partition)....   Well the diffs 
>were > 1G, so had
>hoped /home.diff would expand to it's virtual size...  Anyway, got I/O 
>errors, after I
>ran out of space.  Ok, so *that*'s not what virtual size is
>Anyway, I unmounted the now 'corrupt' /home.diff, and tried to remove
>Got all sorts of i/o errors using lvremove Home.diff. (-f didn't work 
>Got it to remove with lvremove -f /dev/PV/Home.diff
>That gave I/O errors too, but successfully completed...
>So what's virtual size good for, anyway?
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