xfs_copy(8)                          System Manager's Manual                          xfs_copy(8)

       xfs_copy - copy the contents of an XFS filesystem

       xfs_copy [ -bd ] [ -L log ] source target1 [ target2 ... ]
       xfs_copy -V

       xfs_copy  copies  an  XFS filesystem to one or more targets in parallel (see xfs(5)).  The
       first (source) argument must be the pathname of the device  or  file  containing  the  XFS
       filesystem.  The  remaining arguments specify one or more target devices or file names. If
       the pathnames specify devices, a copy of the source XFS  filesystem  is  created  on  each
       device.  The  target can also be the name of a regular file, in which case an image of the
       source XFS filesystem is created in that file. If the file does not exist,  xfs_copy  cre‐
       ates  the  file.  The  length  of  the  resulting  file is equal to the size of the source
       filesystem. However, if the file is created  on  an  XFS  filesystem,  the  file  consumes
       roughly  the  amount of space actually used in the source filesystem by the filesystem and
       the XFS log.  The space saving is because xfs_copy seeks over free blocks instead of copy‐
       ing them and the XFS filesystem supports sparse files efficiently.

       xfs_copy should only be used to copy unmounted filesystems, read-only mounted filesystems,
       or frozen filesystems (see xfs_freeze(8)).  Otherwise, the generated  filesystem(s)  would
       be inconsistent or corrupt.

       xfs_copy  does not alter the source filesystem in any way. Each new (target) filesystem is
       identical to the original filesystem except that new filesystems each have  a  new  unique
       filesystem identifier (UUID).  Therefore, if both the old and new filesystems will be used
       as separate distinct filesystems, xfs_copy or xfsdump(8)/xfsrestore(8) should be  used  to
       generate  the  new filesystem(s) instead of dd(1) or other programs that do block-by-block
       disk copying.

       xfs_copy uses synchronous writes to ensure that write errors are detected.

       xfs_copy uses pthreads(7) to perform simultaneous parallel writes.  xfs_copy  creates  one
       additional  thread  for each target to be written.  All threads die if xfs_copy terminates
       or aborts.

       -d     Create a duplicate (true clone) filesystem. This should be done  only  if  the  new
              filesystem  will  be  used as a replacement for the original filesystem (such as in
              the case of disk replacement).

       -b     The buffered option can be used to ensure direct IO is not attempted to any of  the
              target  files.  This is useful when the filesystem holding the target file does not
              support direct IO.

       -L log Specifies   the   location   of   the   log   if   the    default    location    of
              /var/tmp/xfs_copy.log.XXXXXX is not desired.

       -V     Prints the version number and exits.

       xfs_copy  reports  errors to both stderr and in more detailed form to a generated log file
       whose name is of the form /var/tmp/xfs_copy.log.XXXXXX or a log file specified by  the  -L
       option.  If  xfs_copy  detects  a  write error on a target, the copy of that one target is
       aborted and an error message is issued to both stderr and the log file, but  the  rest  of
       the  copies  continue.  When xfs_copy terminates, all aborted targets are reported to both
       stderr and the log file.

       If all targets abort or if there is an error reading the source filesystem, xfs_copy imme‐
       diately aborts.

       xfs_copy returns an exit code of 0 if all targets are successfully copied and an exit code
       of 1 if any target fails.

       When moving filesystems from one disk to another, if the original filesystem  is  signifi‐
       cantly  smaller  than  the  new  filesystem,  and  will  be made larger, we recommend that
       mkfs.xfs(8)  and  xfsdump(8)/xfsrestore(8)  be  used  instead  of   using   xfs_copy   and
       xfs_growfs(8).   The  filesystem layout resulting from using xfs_copy/xfs_growfs is almost
       always worse than the result of using mkfs.xfs/xfsdump/xfsrestore but in the case of small
       filesystems, the differences can have a significant performance impact. This is due to the
       way xfs_growfs(8) works, and not due to any shortcoming in xfs_copy itself.

       xfs_copy does not copy XFS filesystems that have a real-time section  or  XFS  filesystems
       with external logs. In both cases, xfs_copy aborts with an error message.

       mkfs.xfs(8), xfsdump(8), xfsrestore(8), xfs_freeze(8), xfs_growfs(8), xfs(5).



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