Smarter way to use df on GNU/Linux

To hide all the cruft, you can exclude the filesystem types. I learned df on AIX UNIX, so I never bothered to read the man page for gnu df.

df -PBM -xtmpfs -xdevtmpfs



Create, attach, detach disk to vm in kvm on command line

In kvm, let’s say you want to create a new disk and attach it to a virtual machine. You could use Virtual Machine Manager. But for the command line, here is a quick way how to do it.

Create a disk

Create a qcow2 disk that is fully allocated. When I tried with disks that were not fully allocated, the vm would only see the 200K or so and would not let me write a partition table large enough to do anything.

time qemu-img create -f qcow2 /var/lib/libvirt/images/vmname-vdb.qcow2 22000M -o preallocation=full

Attach a disk

You can omit the flags as needed, if you don’t want to update the virtual machine’s definition, or –config. And some of these are probably redundant, but they did not throw errors for me and I wanted the change to be immediate and persistent upon vm reboot, so I leave them all in.

virsh attach-disk --domain vmname /var/lib/libvirt/images/vmname-vdb.qcow2 --target vdb --persistent --config --live

Detach a disk

Same thing as the attaching, only you don’t include the –target flag.

virsh detach-disk --domain vmname /var/lib/libvirt/images/vmname-vdb.qcow2 --persistent --config --live



Man pages

  1. qemu-img

Remove scsi disk from operating system

To tell an OS you are ready to remove a scsi disk, you can run this command:

echo 1 > /sys/block/sdX/device/delete

Where sdX is the device you are ready to detach.

For virtual machines I don’t usually bother doing that, but that is how to safely tell GNU/Linux you are going to remove the device.



  1. Original question

Mount an lvm logical volume from a qcow2 file

Mounting qcow2 files to host filesystem

Converting to raw and mounting

kpartx does not work very well with qcow2 files. You can convert the qcow2 file to a raw file:

qemu-img convert "${oldfile}" "${newfile}"

You can now find the partitions and map them:

kpartx -av "${newfile}"
mount /dev/loop2p2 /mnt/foo

Modifying a virtual machine to use the new image file

You can modify a virtual machine definition to use this new file:

virsh dumpxml ${domain} > domain.xml
vi domain.xml # Lines “source file=/path/file.raw” and “driver name=qemu type=raw"
virsh create domain.xml

Mounting lvm logical volumes from the image file

Update lvm with the currently attached disks.

pvscan; lvscan; lvdisplay

Now you can mount /dev/mapper/cl_centos7–02a_root to a mount point.



  1. Converting qcow2 file to raw to make it work with kpartx
  2. An alternate way to mount a qcow2 file

Man pages

  1. virsh

Resize a live logical volume

Resizing a live logical volume

If you use lvm to abstract the filesystems away from the direct hardware, you might need to know how to add additional space without taking the filesystem offline. This post shows how you might do that.

Attach new disk

Save current state to a file for comparison.

ls -l /dev/{s,v}d* > ~/

Install additional disk to system (in hypervisor or attach to physical machine).
Scan with (from sg3_utils package).
If that fails, try

find /sys/class/scsi_host/host*/scan | while read line; do echo "- - -" > $line; done

Find the name of the new disk:

ls -l /dev/{s,v}d* > ~/
diff ~/ ~/

The output should be the name of the new disk.

Create a new partition

How to do it in fdisk:

fdisk /dev/newdisk

Add the partition to lvm and the logical volume

pvcreate /dev/newdisk1
vgextend vgname /dev/newdisk1
lvextend /dev/vgname/lvname /dev/newdisk1

Resize the filesystem

Filesystem type ext4 can be resized live:

resize2fs /dev/vgname/lvname