Patchwork [13/23] Documentation: Add qemu-img check/rebase

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Submitter Kevin Wolf
Date Jan. 24, 2011, 9:10 p.m.
Message ID <1295903452-18017-14-git-send-email-kwolf@redhat.com>
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Kevin Wolf - Jan. 24, 2011, 9:10 p.m.
Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>
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 qemu-img.texi |   41 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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diff --git a/qemu-img.texi b/qemu-img.texi
index 1b90ddb..ced64a4 100644
--- a/qemu-img.texi
+++ b/qemu-img.texi
@@ -59,6 +59,13 @@  lists all snapshots in the given image
 Command description:
 
 @table @option
+@item check [-f @var{fmt}] @var{filename}
+
+Perform a consistency check on the disk image @var{filename}.
+
+Only the formats @code{qcow2}, @code{qed} and @code{vdi} support
+consistency checks.
+
 @item create [-f @var{fmt}] [-o @var{options}] @var{filename} [@var{size}]
 
 Create the new disk image @var{filename} of size @var{size} and format
@@ -107,6 +114,40 @@  they are displayed too.
 
 List, apply, create or delete snapshots in image @var{filename}.
 
+@item rebase [-f @var{fmt}] [-u] -b @var{backing_file} [-F @var{backing_fmt}] @var{filename}
+
+Changes the backing file of an image. Only the formats @code{qcow2} and
+@code{qed} support changing the backing file.
+
+The backing file is changed to @var{backing_file} and (if the image format of
+@var{filename} supports this) the backing file format is changed to
+@var{backing_fmt}.
+
+There are two different modes in which @code{rebase} can operate:
+@table @option
+@item Safe mode
+This is the default mode and performs a real rebase operation. The new backing
+file may differ from the old one and qemu-img rebase will take care of keeping
+the guest-visible content of @var{filename} unchanged.
+
+In order to achieve this, any clusters that differ between @var{backing_file}
+and the old backing file of @var{filename} are merged into @var{filename}
+before actually changing the backing file.
+
+Note that the safe mode is an expensive operation, comparable to converting
+an image. It only works if the old backing file still exists.
+
+@item Unsafe mode
+qemu-img uses the unsafe mode if @code{-u} is specified. In this mode, only the
+backing file name and format of @var{filename} is changed without any checks
+on the file contents. The user must take care of specifying the correct new
+backing file, or the guest-visible content of the image will be corrupted.
+
+This mode is useful for renaming or moving the backing file to somewhere else.
+It can be used without an accessible old backing file, i.e. you can use it to
+fix an image whose backing file has already been moved/renamed.
+@end table
+
 @item resize @var{filename} [+ | -]@var{size}
 
 Change the disk image as if it had been created with @var{size}.