lvcreate(8) create a logical volume in an existing volume group


lvcreate [-a|--activate [a][e|l|s]{y|n}] [--addtag Tag] [--alloc AllocationPolicy] [-A|--autobackup {y|n}] [-H|--cache] [--cachemode {passthrough|writeback|writethrough}] [--cachepolicy Policy] [--cachepool CachePoolLogicalVolume] [--cachesettings Key=Value] [-c|--chunksize ChunkSize] [--commandprofile ProfileName] [-C|--contiguous {y|n}] [-d|--debug] [--discards {ignore|nopassdown|passdown}] [--errorwhenfull {y|n}] [{-l|--extents LogicalExtentsNumber[%{FREE|PVS|VG}] | -L|--size LogicalVolumeSize} [-i|--stripes Stripes [-I|--stripesize StripeSize]]] [-h|-?|--help] [-K|--ignoreactivationskip] [--ignoremonitoring] [--minor Minor [-j|--major Major]] [--metadataprofile ProfileName] [-m|--mirrors Mirrors [--corelog|--mirrorlog {disk|core|mirrored}] [--nosync] [-R|--regionsize MirrorLogRegionSize]] [--monitor {y|n}] [-n|--name LogicalVolume] [--noudevsync] [-p|--permission {r|rw}] [-M|--persistent {y|n}] [--poolmetadatasize MetadataVolumeSize] [--poolmetadataspare {y|n}] [--[raid]maxrecoveryrate Rate] [--[raid]minrecoveryrate Rate] [-r|--readahead {ReadAheadSectors|auto|none}] [-k|--setactivationskip {y|n}] [-s|--snapshot] [-V|--virtualsize VirtualSize] [-t|--test] [-T|--thin] [--thinpool ThinPoolLogicalVolume] [--type SegmentType] [-v|--verbose] [-W|--wipesignatures {y|n}] [-Z|--zero {y|n}] [VolumeGroup | {ExternalOrigin|Origin|Pool}LogicalVolume [PhysicalVolumePath[:PE[-PE]]...]]

lvcreate [-l|--extents LogicalExtentsNumber[%{FREE|ORIGIN|PVS|VG}] | -L|--size LogicalVolumeSize] [-c|--chunksize ChunkSize] [--commandprofile ProfileName] [--noudevsync] [--ignoremonitoring] [--metadataprofile ProfileName] [--monitor {y|n}] [-n|--name SnapshotLogicalVolumeName] -s|--snapshot|-H|--cache {[VolumeGroup/]OriginalLogicalVolume [-V|--virtualsize VirtualSize]}


lvcreate creates a new logical volume in a volume group (see vgcreate(8), vgchange(8)) by allocating logical extents from the free physical extent pool of that volume group. If there are not enough free physical extents then the volume group can be extended (see vgextend(8)) with other physical volumes or by reducing existing logical volumes of this volume group in size (see lvreduce(8)). If you specify one or more PhysicalVolumes, allocation of physical extents will be restricted to these volumes.

The second form supports the creation of snapshot logical volumes which keep the contents of the original logical volume for backup purposes.


See lvm(8) for common options.
-a|--activate [a][l|e|s]{y|n}
Controls the availability of the Logical Volumes for immediate use after the command finishes running. By default, new Logical Volumes are activated (-ay). If it is possible technically, -an will leave the new Logical Volume inactive. But for example, snapshots of active origin can only be created in the active state so -an cannot be used with --type snapshot. This does not apply to thin volume snapshots, which are by default created with flag to skip their activation (-ky). Normally the --zero n argument has to be supplied too because zeroing (the default behaviour) also requires activation. If autoactivation option is used (-aay), the logical volume is activated only if it matches an item in the activation/auto_activation_volume_list set in lvm.conf(5). For autoactivated logical volumes, --zero n and --wipesignatures n is always assumed and it can't be overridden. If the clustered locking is enabled, -aey will activate exclusively on one node and -a{a|l}y will activate only on the local node.
Creates cache or cache pool logical volume. Specifying the optional argument --extents or --size will cause the creation of the cache logical volume. When the Volume group name is specified together with existing logical volume name which is NOT a cache pool name, such volume is treated as cache origin volume and cache pool is created. In this case the --extents or --size is used to specify size of cache pool volume. See lvmcache(7) for more info about caching support. Note that the cache segment type requires a dm-cache kernel module version 1.3.0 or greater.
--cachemode {passthrough|writeback|writethrough}
Specifying a cache mode determines when the writes to a cache LV are considered complete. When writeback is specified, a write is considered complete as soon as it is stored in the cache pool LV. If writethough is specified, a write is considered complete only when it has been stored in the cache pool LV and on the origin LV. While writethrough may be slower for writes, it is more resilient if something should happen to a device associated with the cache pool LV. With passthrough mode, all reads are served from origin LV (all reads miss the cache) and all writes are forwarded to the origin LV; additionally, write hits cause cache block invalidates. See lvmcache(7) for more details.
--cachepolicy Policy
Only applicable to cached LVs; see also lvmcache(7). Sets the cache policy. mq is the basic policy name. smq is more advanced version available in newer kernels.
--cachepool CachePoolLogicalVolume{Name|Path}
Specifies the name of cache pool volume name. The other way to specify pool name is to append name to Volume group name argument.
--cachesettings Key=Value
Only applicable to cached LVs; see also lvmcache(7). Sets the cache tunable settings. In most use-cases, default values should be adequate. Special string value default switches setting back to its default kernel value and removes it from the list of settings stored in lvm2 metadata.
-c|--chunksize ChunkSize[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G]
Gives the size of chunk for snapshot, cache pool and thin pool logical volumes. Default unit is in kilobytes.
For snapshots the value must be power of 2 between 4KiB and 512KiB and the default value is 4KiB.
For cache pools the value must a multiple of 32KiB between 32KiB and 1GiB. The default is 64KiB. When the size is specified with volume caching, it may not be smaller than cache pool creation chunk size was.
For thin pools the value must be a multiple of 64KiB between 64KiB and 1GiB. Default value starts with 64KiB and grows up to fit the pool metadata size within 128MiB, if the pool metadata size is not specified. See lvm.conf(5) setting allocation/thin_pool_chunk_size_policy to select different calculation policy. Thin pool target version <1.4 requires this value to be a power of 2. For target version <1.5 discard is not supported for non power of 2 values.
-C|--contiguous {y|n}
Sets or resets the contiguous allocation policy for logical volumes. Default is no contiguous allocation based on a next free principle.
This is shortcut for option --mirrorlog core.
--discards {ignore|nopassdown|passdown}
Sets discards behavior for thin pool. Default is passdown.
--errorwhenfull {y|n}
Configures thin pool behaviour when data space is exhausted. Default is no. Device will queue I/O operations until target timeout (see dm-thin-pool kernel module option no_space_timeout) expires. Thus configured system has a time to i.e. extend the size of thin pool data device. When set to yes, the I/O operation is immeditelly errored.
Ignore the flag to skip Logical Volumes during activation. Use --setactivationskip option to set or reset activation skipping flag persistently for logical volume.
Make no attempt to interact with dmeventd unless --monitor is specified.
-l|--extents LogicalExtentsNumber[%{VG|PVS|FREE|ORIGIN}]
Gives the number of logical extents to allocate for the new logical volume. The total number of physical extents allocated will be greater than this, for example, if the volume is mirrored. The number can also be expressed as a percentage of the total space in the Volume Group with the suffix %VG, as a percentage of the remaining free space in the Volume Group with the suffix %FREE, as a percentage of the remaining free space for the specified PhysicalVolume(s) with the suffix %PVS, or (for a snapshot) as a percentage of the total space in the Origin Logical Volume with the suffix %ORIGIN (i.e. 100%ORIGIN provides space for the whole origin). When expressed as a percentage, the number is treated as an approximate upper limit for the number of physical extents to be allocated (including extents used by any mirrors, for example).
-j|--major Major
Sets the major number. Major numbers are not supported with pool volumes. This option is supported only on older systems (kernel version 2.4) and is ignored on modern Linux systems where major numbers are dynamically assigned.
--metadataprofile ProfileName
Uses and attaches the ProfileName configuration profile to the logical volume metadata. Whenever the logical volume is processed next time, the profile is automatically applied. If the volume group has another profile attached, the logical volume profile is preferred. See lvm.conf(5) for more information about metadata profiles.
--minor Minor
Sets the minor number. Minor numbers are not supported with pool volumes.
-m|--mirrors mirrors
Creates a mirrored logical volume with mirrors copies. For example, specifying -m 1 would result in a mirror with two-sides; that is, a linear volume plus one copy.

Specifying the optional argument --nosync will cause the creation of the mirror to skip the initial resynchronization. Any data written afterwards will be mirrored, but the original contents will not be copied. This is useful for skipping a potentially long and resource intensive initial sync of an empty device.

There are two implementations of mirroring which can be used and correspond to the "raid1" and "mirror" segment types. The default is "raid1". See the --type option for more information if you would like to use the legacy "mirror" segment type. See lvm.conf(5) settings global/mirror_segtype_default and global/raid10_segtype_default to configure default mirror segment type. The options --mirrorlog and --corelog apply to the legacy "mirror" segment type only.

--mirrorlog {disk|core|mirrored}
Specifies the type of log to be used for logical volumes utilizing the legacy "mirror" segment type.
The default is disk, which is persistent and requires a small amount of storage space, usually on a separate device from the data being mirrored.
Using core means the mirror is regenerated by copying the data from the first device each time the logical volume is activated, like after every reboot.
Using mirrored will create a persistent log that is itself mirrored.
--monitor {y|n}
Starts or avoids monitoring a mirrored, snapshot or thin pool logical volume with dmeventd, if it is installed. If a device used by a monitored mirror reports an I/O error, the failure is handled according to activation/mirror_image_fault_policy and activation/mirror_log_fault_policy set in lvm.conf(5).
-n|--name LogicalVolume{Name|Path}
Sets the name for the new logical volume.
Without this option a default name of "lvol#" will be generated where # is the LVM internal number of the logical volume.
Causes the creation of the mirror to skip the initial resynchronization.
Disables udev synchronisation. The process will not wait for notification from udev. It will continue irrespective of any possible udev processing in the background. You should only use this if udev is not running or has rules that ignore the devices LVM2 creates.
-p|--permission {r|rw}
Sets access permissions to read only (r) or read and write (rw).
Default is read and write.
-M|--persistent {y|n}
Set to y to make the minor number specified persistent. Pool volumes cannot have persistent major and minor numbers. Defaults to yes only when major or minor number is specified. Otherwise it is no.
--poolmetadatasize MetadataVolumeSize[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G]
Sets the size of pool's metadata logical volume. Supported values are in range between 2MiB and 16GiB for thin pool, and upto 16GiB for cache pool. The minimum value is computed from pool's data size. Default value for thin pool is (Pool_LV_size / Pool_LV_chunk_size * 64b). Default unit is megabytes.
--poolmetadataspare {y|n}
Controls creation and maintanence of pool metadata spare logical volume that will be used for automated pool recovery. Only one such volume is maintained within a volume group with the size of the biggest pool metadata volume. Default is yes.
--[raid]maxrecoveryrate Rate[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G]
Sets the maximum recovery rate for a RAID logical volume. Rate is specified as an amount per second for each device in the array. If no suffix is given, then KiB/sec/device is assumed. Setting the recovery rate to 0 means it will be unbounded.
--[raid]minrecoveryrate Rate[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G]
Sets the minimum recovery rate for a RAID logical volume. Rate is specified as an amount per second for each device in the array. If no suffix is given, then KiB/sec/device is assumed. Setting the recovery rate to 0 means it will be unbounded.
-r|--readahead {ReadAheadSectors|auto|none}
Sets read ahead sector count of this logical volume. For volume groups with metadata in lvm1 format, this must be a value between 2 and 120. The default value is auto which allows the kernel to choose a suitable value automatically. none is equivalent to specifying zero.
-R|--regionsize MirrorLogRegionSize[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G]
A mirror is divided into regions of this size (in MiB), and the mirror log uses this granularity to track which regions are in sync.
-k|--setactivationskip {y|n}
Controls whether Logical Volumes are persistently flagged to be skipped during activation. By default, thin snapshot volumes are flagged for activation skip. See lvm.conf(5) activation/auto_set_activation_skip how to change its default behaviour. To activate such volumes, an extra --ignoreactivationskip option must be used. The flag is not applied during deactivation. Use lvchange --setactivationskip command to change the skip flag for existing volumes. To see whether the flag is attached, use lvs command where the state of the flag is reported within lv_attr bits.
-L|--size LogicalVolumeSize[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G|t|T|p|P|e|E]
Gives the size to allocate for the new logical volume. A size suffix of B for bytes, S for sectors as 512 bytes, K for kilobytes, M for megabytes, G for gigabytes, T for terabytes, P for petabytes or E for exabytes is optional.
Default unit is megabytes.
-s|--snapshot OriginalLogicalVolume{Name|Path}
Creates a snapshot logical volume (or snapshot) for an existing, so called original logical volume (or origin). Snapshots provide a 'frozen image' of the contents of the origin while the origin can still be updated. They enable consistent backups and online recovery of removed/overwritten data/files.
Thin snapshot is created when the origin is a thin volume and the size IS NOT specified. Thin snapshot shares same blocks within the thin pool volume. The non thin volume snapshot with the specified size does not need the same amount of storage the origin has. In a typical scenario, 15-20% might be enough. In case the snapshot runs out of storage, use lvextend(8) to grow it. Shrinking a snapshot is supported by lvreduce(8) as well. Run lvs(8) on the snapshot in order to check how much data is allocated to it. Note: a small amount of the space you allocate to the snapshot is used to track the locations of the chunks of data, so you should allocate slightly more space than you actually need and monitor (--monitor) the rate at which the snapshot data is growing so you can avoid running out of space. If --thinpool is specified, thin volume is created that will use given original logical volume as an external origin that serves unprovisioned blocks. Only read-only volumes can be used as external origins. To make the volume external origin, lvm expects the volume to be inactive. External origin volume can be used/shared for many thin volumes even from different thin pools. See lvconvert(8) for online conversion to thin volumes with external origin.
-i|--stripes Stripes
Gives the number of stripes. This is equal to the number of physical volumes to scatter the logical volume. When creating a RAID 4/5/6 logical volume, the extra devices which are necessary for parity are internally accounted for. Specifying -i 3 would use 3 devices for striped logical volumes, 4 devices for RAID 4/5, and 5 devices for RAID 6. Alternatively, RAID 4/5/6 will stripe across all PVs in the volume group or all of the PVs specified if the -i argument is omitted. Two implementations of basic striping are available in the kernel. The original device-mapper implementation is the default and should normally be used. The alternative implementation using MD, available since version 1.7 of the RAID device-mapper kernel target (kernel version 4.2) is provided to facilitate the development of new RAID features. It may be accessed with --type raid0, but is best avoided at present because of assorted restrictions on resizing and converting such devices.
-I|--stripesize StripeSize
Gives the number of kilobytes for the granularity of the stripes.
StripeSize must be 2^n (n = 2 to 9) for metadata in LVM1 format. For metadata in LVM2 format, the stripe size may be a larger power of 2 but must not exceed the physical extent size.
Creates thin pool or thin logical volume or both. Specifying the optional argument --size or --extents will cause the creation of the thin pool logical volume. Specifying the optional argument --virtualsize will cause the creation of the thin logical volume from given thin pool volume. Specifying both arguments will cause the creation of both thin pool and thin volume using this pool. See lvmthin(7) for more info about thin provisioning support. Thin provisioning requires device mapper kernel driver from kernel 3.2 or greater.
--thinpool ThinPoolLogicalVolume{Name|Path}
Specifies the name of thin pool volume name. The other way to specify pool name is to append name to Volume group name argument.
--type SegmentType
Creates a logical volume with the specified segment type. Supported types are: cache, cache-pool, error, linear, mirror, raid0, raid1, raid4, raid5_la, raid5_ls (= raid5), raid5_ra, raid5_rs, raid6_nc, raid6_nr, raid6_zr (= raid6), raid10, snapshot, striped, thin, thin-pool or zero. Segment type may have a commandline switch alias that will enable its use. When the type is not explicitly specified an implicit type is selected from combination of options: -H|--cache|--cachepool (cache or cachepool), -T|--thin|--thinpool (thin or thinpool), -m|--mirrors (raid1 or mirror), -s|--snapshot|-V|--virtualsize (snapshot or thin), -i|--stripes (striped). The default segment type is linear.
-V|--virtualsize VirtualSize[b|B|s|S|k|K|m|M|g|G|t|T|p|P|e|E]
Creates a thinly provisioned device or a sparse device of the given size (in MiB by default). See lvm.conf(5) settings global/sparse_segtype_default to configure default sparse segment type. See lvmthin(7) for more info about thin provisioning support. Anything written to a sparse snapshot will be returned when reading from it. Reading from other areas of the device will return blocks of zeros. Virtual snapshot (sparse snapshot) is implemented by creating a hidden virtual device of the requested size using the zero target. A suffix of _vorigin is used for this device. Note: using sparse snapshots is not efficient for larger device sizes (GiB), thin provisioning should be used for this case.
-W|--wipesignatures {y|n}
Controls wiping of detected signatures on newly created Logical Volume. If this option is not specified, then by default signature wiping is done each time the zeroing ( -Z|--zero ) is done. This default behaviour can be controlled by allocation/wipe_signatures_when_zeroing_new_lvs setting found in lvm.conf(5).
If blkid wiping is used allocation/use_blkid_wiping setting in lvm.conf(5)) and LVM2 is compiled with blkid wiping support, then blkid(8) library is used to detect the signatures (use blkid -k command to list the signatures that are recognized). Otherwise, native LVM2 code is used to detect signatures (MD RAID, swap and LUKS signatures are detected only in this case).
Logical volume is not wiped if the read only flag is set.
-Z|--zero {y|n}
Controls zeroing of the first 4KiB of data in the new logical volume. Default is yes. Snapshot COW volumes are always zeroed. Logical volume is not zeroed if the read only flag is set.
Warning: trying to mount an unzeroed logical volume can cause the system to hang.


Creates a striped logical volume with 3 stripes, a stripe size of 8KiB and a size of 100MiB in the volume group named vg00. The logical volume name will be chosen by lvcreate:

lvcreate -i 3 -I 8 -L 100M vg00

Creates a mirror logical volume with 2 sides with a useable size of 500 MiB. This operation would require 3 devices (or option --alloc anywhere) - two for the mirror devices and one for the disk log:

lvcreate -m1 -L 500M vg00

Creates a mirror logical volume with 2 sides with a useable size of 500 MiB. This operation would require 2 devices - the log is "in-memory":

lvcreate -m1 --mirrorlog core -L 500M vg00

Creates a snapshot logical volume named "vg00/snap" which has access to the contents of the original logical volume named "vg00/lvol1" at snapshot logical volume creation time. If the original logical volume contains a file system, you can mount the snapshot logical volume on an arbitrary directory in order to access the contents of the filesystem to run a backup while the original filesystem continues to get updated:

lvcreate --size 100m --snapshot --name snap /dev/vg00/lvol1

Creates a snapshot logical volume named "vg00/snap" with size for overwriting 20% of the original logical volume named "vg00/lvol1".:

lvcreate -s -l 20%ORIGIN --name snap vg00/lvol1

Creates a sparse device named /dev/vg1/sparse of size 1TiB with space for just under 100MiB of actual data on it:

lvcreate --virtualsize 1T --size 100M --snapshot --name sparse vg1

Creates a linear logical volume "vg00/lvol1" using physical extents /dev/sda:0-7 and /dev/sdb:0-7 for allocation of extents:

lvcreate -L 64M -n lvol1 vg00 /dev/sda:0-7 /dev/sdb:0-7

Creates a 5GiB RAID5 logical volume "vg00/my_lv", with 3 stripes (plus a parity drive for a total of 4 devices) and a stripesize of 64KiB:

lvcreate --type raid5 -L 5G -i 3 -I 64 -n my_lv vg00

Creates a RAID5 logical volume "vg00/my_lv", using all of the free space in the VG and spanning all the PVs in the VG:

lvcreate --type raid5 -l 100%FREE -n my_lv vg00

Creates a 5GiB RAID10 logical volume "vg00/my_lv", with 2 stripes on 2 2-way mirrors. Note that the -i and -m arguments behave differently. The -i specifies the number of stripes. The -m specifies the number of additional copies:

lvcreate --type raid10 -L 5G -i 2 -m 1 -n my_lv vg00

Creates 100MiB pool logical volume for thin provisioning build with 2 stripes 64KiB and chunk size 256KiB together with 1TiB thin provisioned logical volume "vg00/thin_lv":

lvcreate -i 2 -I 64 -c 256 -L100M -T vg00/pool -V 1T --name thin_lv

Creates a thin snapshot volume "thinsnap" of thin volume "thinvol" that will share the same blocks within the thin pool. Note: the size MUST NOT be specified, otherwise the non-thin snapshot is created instead:

lvcreate -s vg00/thinvol --name thinsnap

Creates a thin snapshot volume of read-only inactive volume "origin" which then becomes the thin external origin for the thin snapshot volume in vg00 that will use an existing thin pool "vg00/pool":

lvcreate -s --thinpool vg00/pool origin

Create a cache pool LV that can later be used to cache one logical volume.

lvcreate --type cache-pool -L 1G -n my_lv_cachepool vg /dev/fast1

If there is an existing cache pool LV, create the large slow device (i.e. the origin LV) and link it to the supplied cache pool LV, creating a cache LV.

lvcreate --cache -L 100G -n my_lv vg/my_lv_cachepool /dev/slow1

If there is an existing logical volume, create the small and fast cache pool LV and link it to the supplied existing logical volume (i.e. the origin LV), creating a cache LV.

lvcreate --type cache -L 1G -n my_lv_cachepool vg/my_lv /dev/fast1