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This is going to be a short blog post. Mostly with commands. Basically I run a media server for online courses/lectures called Echo360 ESS. At some point the LVM volume which holds the lecture captures nearly filled up. I was getting Icinga alerts on it and by looking at the rate of data generation in munin showed me I had better hop to it. So that's what this post is about.
Take an LVM snapshot using a loopback device Create the snapshot
Take a look at the devices in your volume group. First there needs to be sufficient space in the volume group for a snapshot to occur. Check this by typing: vgdisplay and checking for Free PE / Size
Create a loopback device to use for the snapshot. My volume group is named vg_echo360. I want my snapshot to be 9.9GB in size so I'm creating a loopback device which is 10GB in size....