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NAME

thin_dump - dump thin provisioning metadata from device or file to standard output.

SYNOPSIS

thin_dump [options] {device|file}

DESCRIPTION

thin_dump dumps binary thin provisioning metadata (optionally from alternate block; see option --metadata-snap) created by the device-mapper thin provisioning target on a device or file to standard output for analysis or postprocessing in either XML or human readable format. XML formated metadata can be fed into thin_restore (see thin_restore(8)) in order to put it back onto a metadata device (to process by the device-mapper target) or file.
This tool cannot be run on live metadata unless the --metadata-snap option is used.

OPTIONS

-h, --help
Print help and exit.
-V, --version
Print version information and exit.
-f, --format {xml|human_readable|custom}
Choose output format.
    Custom formats are supported via shared library plugins.  They should be
    specified as in this example:
$ thin_dump --format custom=mylib.so /dev/sda
-r, --repair
Repair the metadata whilst dumping it.
-m, --metadata-snap{=<block nr>}
Dump metadata snapshot.
    If block is not provided, access the default metadata snapshot created by
    the thin provisioning device-mapper target, else try the one at block nr.
    See the thin provisioning target documentation on how to create or release
    a metadata snapshot and retrieve the block number from the kernel.
--dev-id {natural}
Dump the specified device.
    This option may be specified multiple times to select more than one thin
    device.
--skip-mappings
Do not dump the mappings.
-o {xml file}
Specify a file for the output rather than writing to stdout.

EXAMPLES

Dumps the thin provisioning metadata on logical volume /dev/vg/metadata to standard output in human readable format:
    $ thin_dump -f human_readable /dev/vg/metadata
Dumps the thin provisioning metadata on logical volume /dev/vg/metadata to standard output in XML format:
    $ thin_dump /dev/vg/metadata
Dumps the thin provisioning metadata snapshot on logical volume /dev/vg/metadata to standard output in human readable format (not processable by thin_restore(8)):
    $ thin_dump --format human_readable --metadata-snap /dev/vg/metadata

DIAGNOSTICS

thin_dump returns an exit code of 0 for success or 1 for error.

SEE ALSO

thin_check(8), thin_repair(8), thin_restore(8), thin_rmap(8), thin_metadata_size(8)

AUTHOR

Joe Thornber <ejt@redhat.com>, Heinz Mauelshagen <HeinzM@RedHat.com>
Device Mapper Tools System Manager's Manual