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       pvscan - List all physical volumes


       pvscan option_args
           [ option_args ]
           [ position_args ]


       pvscan scans all supported LVM block devices in the system for PVs.

       Scanning with lvmetad

       pvscan operates differently when used with the lvmetad(8) daemon.

       Scanning  disks is required to read LVM metadata and identify LVM PVs.  Once read, lvmetad
       caches the metadata so that LVM commands can read it without  repeatedly  scanning  disks.
       This  is  helpful  because  scanning  disks  is  time consuming, and frequent scanning may
       interfere with the normal work of the system and disks.

       When lvmetad is not used, LVM commands revert to scanning disks to read metadata.  Any LVM
       command  that  needs  metadata  will  scan disks for it; running the pvscan command is not
       necessary for the sake of other LVM commands.

       When lvmetad is used, LVM commands avoid scanning disks by reading metadata from  lvmetad.
       When  new  disks  appear, they must be scanned so their metadata can be cached in lvmetad.
       This is done by the command pvscan --cache, which scans disks and passes the  metadata  to

       The  pvscan  --cache  command is typically run automatically by system services when a new
       device appears.  Users do not generally need to run this command if the system and lvmetad
       are running properly.

       Many  scripts  contain unnecessary pvscan (or vgscan) commands for historical reasons.  To
       avoid disrupting the system with extraneous disk scanning,  an  ordinary  pvscan  (without
       --cache)  will  simply read metadata from lvmetad like other LVM commands.  It does not do
       anything beyond displaying the current state of the cache.

       • When given specific device name arguments, pvscan  --cache  will  only  read  the  named

       • LVM udev rules and systemd services are used to initiate automatic device scanning.

       • To  prevent  devices  from  being  scanned  by  pvscan  --cache, add them to lvm.conf(5)
         devices/global_filter.  The devices/filter  setting  does  not  apply  to  system  level
         scanning.  For more information, see:
         lvmconfig --withcomments devices/global_filter

       • If  lvmetad  is  started or restarted after devices are visible, or if the global_filter
         has changed, then all devices must be rescanned for metadata  with  the  command  pvscan

       • lvmetad  does  not  cache  older  metadata  formats,  e.g. lvm1, and will be temporarily
         disabled if they are seen.

       • To notify lvmetad about a device that is no longer present, the major and minor  numbers
         must be given, not the path.

       Automatic activation

       When  event-driven  system  services  detect  a  new  LVM  device,  the  first  step is to
       automatically scan and cache the metadata  from  the  device.   This  is  done  by  pvscan
       --cache.   A  second  step  is  to  automatically activate LVs that are present on the new
       device.  This auto-activation is done by the same pvscan --cache command when  the  option
       --activate ay is included.

       Auto-activation of VGs or LVs can be enabled/disabled using:
       lvm.conf(5) activation/auto_activation_volume_list

       For more information, see:
       lvmconfig --withcomments activation/auto_activation_volume_list

       When  this  setting is undefined, all LVs are auto-activated (when lvm is fully integrated
       with the event-driven system services.)

       When a VG or LV is not auto-activated, traditional activation using vgchange  or  lvchange
       --activate is needed.

       • pvscan auto-activation can be only done in combination with --cache.

       • Auto-activation  is  designated  by the "a" argument in --activate ay.  This is meant to
         distinguish system generated commands from explicit user commands, although  it  can  be
         used in any activation command.  Whenever it is used, the auto_activation_volume_list is

       • Auto-activation is not yet supported for LVs that  are  part  of  partial  or  clustered
         volume groups.


       Display PV information.

           [ -e|--exported ]
           [ -n|--novolumegroup ]
           [ -s|--short ]
           [ -u|--uuid ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]

       Populate the lvmetad cache by scanning PVs.

       pvscan --cache
           [ -b|--background ]
           [ -a|--activate ay ]
           [ -j|--major Number ]
           [    --minor Number ]
           [ COMMON_OPTIONS ]
           [ String|PV ... ]

       Common options for command:
           [    --ignorelockingfailure ]
           [    --reportformat basic|json ]

       Common options for lvm:
           [ -d|--debug ]
           [ -h|--help ]
           [ -q|--quiet ]
           [ -t|--test ]
           [ -v|--verbose ]
           [ -y|--yes ]
           [    --commandprofile String ]
           [    --config String ]
           [    --driverloaded y|n ]
           [    --longhelp ]
           [    --profile String ]
           [    --version ]


       -a|--activate y|n|ay
              Auto-activate LVs in a VG when the PVs scanned have completed the VG.  (Only ay is

              If the operation requires polling, this option causes the command to return before
              the operation is complete, and polling is done in the background.

              Scan one or more devices and send the metadata to lvmetad.

       --commandprofile String
              The command profile to use for command configuration.  See lvm.conf(5) for more
              information about profiles.

       --config String
              Config settings for the command. These override lvm.conf settings.  The String arg
              uses the same format as lvm.conf, or may use section/field syntax.  See lvm.conf(5)
              for more information about config.

       -d|--debug ...
              Set debug level. Repeat from 1 to 6 times to increase the detail of messages sent
              to the log file and/or syslog (if configured).

       --driverloaded y|n
              If set to no, the command will not attempt to use device-mapper.  For testing and

              Only show PVs belonging to exported VGs.

              Display help text.

              Allows a command to continue with read-only metadata operations after locking

              Display long help text.

       -j|--major Number
              The major number of a device.

       --minor Number
              The minor number of a device.

              Only show PVs not belonging to any VG.

       --profile String
              An alias for --commandprofile or --metadataprofile, depending on the command.

       -q|--quiet ...
              Suppress output and log messages. Overrides --debug and --verbose.  Repeat once to
              also suppress any prompts with answer 'no'.

       --reportformat basic|json
              Overrides current output format for reports which is defined globally by the
              report/output_format setting in lvm.conf.  basic is the original format with
              columns and rows.  If there is more than one report per command, each report is
              prefixed with the report name for identification. json produces report output in
              JSON format. See lvmreport(7) for more information.

              Short listing format.

              Run in test mode. Commands will not update metadata.  This is implemented by
              disabling all metadata writing but nevertheless returning success to the calling
              function. This may lead to unusual error messages in multi-stage operations if a
              tool relies on reading back metadata it believes has changed but hasn't.

              Show UUIDs in addition to device names.

       -v|--verbose ...
              Set verbose level. Repeat from 1 to 4 times to increase the detail of messages sent
              to stdout and stderr.

              Display version information.

              Do not prompt for confirmation interactively but always assume the answer yes. Use
              with extreme caution.  (For automatic no, see -qq.)


              Physical  Volume  name,  a  device path under /dev.  For commands managing physical
              extents, a PV positional arg generally accepts a  suffix  indicating  a  range  (or
              multiple  ranges)  of  physical  extents  (PEs).  When  the first PE is omitted, it
              defaults to the start of the device, and when the last PE is omitted it defaults to
              end.   Start  and  end  range  (inclusive):  PV[:PE-PE]...   Start and length range
              (counting from 0): PV[:PE+PE]...

              See the option description for information about the string content.

              Size is an input number that accepts an optional  unit.   Input  units  are  always
              treated  as  base  two  values, regardless of capitalization, e.g. 'k' and 'K' both
              refer to 1024.  The default input unit is specified by letter, followed  by  |UNIT.
              UNIT represents other possible input units: bBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE.  b|B is bytes, s|S is
              sectors of 512 bytes, k|K is kilobytes, m|M is megabytes, g|G is gigabytes, t|T  is
              terabytes,  p|P  is  petabytes, e|E is exabytes.  (This should not be confused with
              the output control --units, where capital letters mean multiple of 1000.)


       See lvm(8) for  information  about  environment  variables  used  by  lvm.   For  example,
       LVM_VG_NAME can generally be substituted for a required VG parameter.


       lvm(8) lvm.conf(5) lvmconfig(8)

       pvchange(8)  pvck(8)  pvcreate(8)  pvdisplay(8)  pvmove(8)  pvremove(8) pvresize(8) pvs(8)

       vgcfgbackup(8) vgcfgrestore(8) vgchange(8) vgck(8) vgcreate(8)  vgconvert(8)  vgdisplay(8)
       vgexport(8)  vgextend(8)  vgimport(8) vgimportclone(8) vgmerge(8) vgmknodes(8) vgreduce(8)
       vgremove(8) vgrename(8) vgs(8) vgscan(8) vgsplit(8)

       lvcreate(8) lvchange(8)  lvconvert(8)  lvdisplay(8)  lvextend(8)  lvreduce(8)  lvremove(8)
       lvrename(8) lvresize(8) lvs(8) lvscan(8)

       lvm-fullreport(8) lvm-lvpoll(8) lvm2-activation-generator(8) blkdeactivate(8) lvmdump(8)

       dmeventd(8)   lvmetad(8)   lvmpolld(8)   lvmlockd(8)  lvmlockctl(8)  clvmd(8)  cmirrord(8)

       lvmsystemid(7) lvmreport(7) lvmraid(7) lvmthin(7) lvmcache(7)