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authorKevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>2011-08-26 15:27:13 +0200
committerKevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>2011-08-29 14:42:39 +0200
commita22f123ca3d3c09a77af4341ed1fbcc175b54f1d (patch)
treeb9992c37d4a4645e6282375c669ae1e771206a1c /qemu-img.texi
parentc488c7f649106d09df76f697adccbe6e72520b26 (diff)
qemu-img: Require larger zero areas for sparse handling
By default, require 4k of consecutive zero bytes for qemu-img to make the output file sparse by not issuing a write request for the zeroed parts. Add an -S option to allow users to tune this setting. This helps to avoid situations where a lot of zero sectors and data sectors are mixed and qemu-img tended to issue many tiny 512 byte writes. Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'qemu-img.texi')
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/qemu-img.texi b/qemu-img.texi
index 495a1b6695..70fa321dff 100644
--- a/qemu-img.texi
+++ b/qemu-img.texi
@@ -40,6 +40,11 @@ indicates that target image must be compressed (qcow format only)
with or without a command shows help and lists the supported formats
@item -p
display progress bar (convert and rebase commands only)
+@item -S @var{size}
+indicates the consecutive number of bytes that must contain only zeros
+for qemu-img to create a sparse image during conversion. This value is rounded
+down to the nearest 512 bytes. You may use the common size suffixes like
+@code{k} for kilobytes.
@end table
Parameters to snapshot subcommand:
@@ -86,7 +91,7 @@ it doesn't need to be specified separately in this case.
Commit the changes recorded in @var{filename} in its base image.
-@item convert [-c] [-p] [-f @var{fmt}] [-O @var{output_fmt}] [-o @var{options}] [-s @var{snapshot_name}] @var{filename} [@var{filename2} [...]] @var{output_filename}
+@item convert [-c] [-p] [-f @var{fmt}] [-O @var{output_fmt}] [-o @var{options}] [-s @var{snapshot_name}] [-S @var{sparse_size}] @var{filename} [@var{filename2} [...]] @var{output_filename}
Convert the disk image @var{filename} or a snapshot @var{snapshot_name} to disk image @var{output_filename}
using format @var{output_fmt}. It can be optionally compressed (@code{-c}