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pvs — report information about physical volumes


pvs [-a|--all] [--aligned] [--binary] [--commandprofile ProfileName] [[--configreport ReportName] [-o|--options [+|-|#]Field1[,Field2...] [-O|--sort [+|-]Key1[,Key2...]] [-S|--select Selection] ...] [-d|--debug] [-h|-?|--help] [--ignorelockingfailure] [--ignoreskippedcluster] [--logonly] [--nameprefixes] [--noheadings] [--nosuffix] [-P|--partial] [--reportformat {basic|json}] [--rows] [--segments] [--separator Separator] [--unbuffered] [--units hHbBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE] [--unquoted] [-v|--verbose] [--version] [PhysicalVolume [PhysicalVolume...]]


pvs produces formatted output about physical volumes.


See lvm(8) for common options.


Include information in the output about devices that have not been initialized with pvcreate(8).


Use with --separator to align the output columns.


Use binary values "0" or "1" instead of descriptive literal values for columns that have exactly two valid values to report (not counting the "unknown" value which denotes that the value could not be determined).

--configreport ReportName

Make any subsequent -o, --options, -O, --sort or -S, --select to apply for ReportName where ReportName is either 'pv' for command's main report or 'log' for log report. If --configreport option is not used to identify a report, then command's main report is assumed. The log report is available only if enabled by log/report_command_log lvm.conf(5) setting or if --logonly option is used.


Suppress the pvs report itself and display only log report on output.


Add an "LVM2_" prefix plus the field name to the output.  Useful with --noheadings to produce a list of field=value pairs that can be used to set environment variables (for example, in udev(7) rules).


Suppress the headings line that is normally the first line of output. Useful if grepping the output.


Suppress the suffix on output sizes.  Use with --units (except h and H) if processing the output.

-o, --options

Comma-separated ordered list of columns.

Precede the list with '+' to append to the current list of columns, '-' to remove from the current list of columns or '#' to compact given columns. The -o option can be repeated, providing several lists. These lists are evaluated from left to right.

Use -o pv_all to select all physical volume columns, and -o pvseg_all to select all Physical Volume segment columns.

Use -o help to view the full list of columns available.

Column names include: pv_fmt, pv_uuid, dev_size, pv_name, pv_mda_free, pv_mda_size, pv_ba_start, pv_ba_size, pe_start, pv_size, pv_free, pv_used, pv_attr, pv_pe_count, pv_pe_alloc_count, pv_tags, pv_mda_count, pv_mda_used_count, pvseg_start, and pvseg_size

With --segments, any "pvseg_" prefixes are optional; otherwise any "pv_" prefixes are optional.  Columns mentioned in vgs(8) can also be chosen. The pv_attr bits are: (a)llocatable, e(x)ported, (m)issing, (u)sed (but not allocatable), (d)uplicate.


Produces one line of output for each contiguous allocation of space on each Physical Volume, showing the start (pvseg_start) and length (pvseg_size) in units of physical extents.

-S, --select Selection

Display only rows that match Selection criteria. All rows are displayed with the additional "selected" column (-o selected) showing 1 if the row matches the Selection and 0 otherwise. The Selection criteria are defined by specifying column names and their valid values (that can include reserved values) while making use of supported comparison operators. See lvm(8) and -S, --select description for more detailed information about constructing the Selection criteria. As a quick help and to see full list of column names that can be used in Selection including the list of reserved values and the set of supported selection operators, check the output of pvs -S help command.

-O, --sort

Comma-separated ordered list of columns to sort by.  Replaces the default selection. Precede any column with '-' for a reverse sort on that column.


Output columns as rows.

--separator Separator

String to use to separate each column.  Useful if grepping the output.


Produce output immediately without sorting or aligning the columns properly.

--units hHbBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE

All sizes are output in these units: (h)uman-readable, (b)ytes, (s)ectors, (k)ilobytes, (m)egabytes, (g)igabytes, (t)erabytes, (p)etabytes, (e)xabytes. Capitalise to use multiples of 1000 (S.I.) instead of 1024.  Can also specify custom units e.g. --units 3M


When used with --nameprefixes, output values in the field=value pairs are not quoted.

See Also

lvm(8), pvdisplay(8), lvs(8), vgs(8)

Referenced By

guestfish(1), guestfs(3), lvdisplay(8), lvm(8), lvm-fullreport(8), lvmreport(7), lvs(8), pvdisplay(8), pvmove(8), vgs(8).

LVM TOOLS 2.02.168(2) (2016-11-30) Sistina Software UK