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authorKashyap Chamarthy <kashyap.cv@gmail.com>2012-10-18 11:25:34 +0530
committerKevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>2012-10-24 10:26:19 +0200
commite53575606aa5567bde3246cdc3af1fdc757f77c8 (patch)
tree5f85fbf35e50e2ce303cfb53585ef59a519fb55d /qemu-img.texi
parent514d9da5a9a820b43a2cb90b439dd570a7835114 (diff)
qemu-img: document 'info --backing-chain'
Signed-off-by: Kashyap Chamarthy <kashyap.cv@gmail.com> Reviewed-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>
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diff --git a/qemu-img.texi b/qemu-img.texi
index 42ec392c36..60b83fc11a 100644
--- a/qemu-img.texi
+++ b/qemu-img.texi
@@ -28,6 +28,10 @@ Command parameters:
is the disk image format. It is guessed automatically in most cases. See below
for a description of the supported disk formats.
+@item --backing-chain
+will enumerate information about backing files in a disk image chain. Refer
+below for further description.
@item size
is the disk image size in bytes. Optional suffixes @code{k} or @code{K}
(kilobyte, 1024) @code{M} (megabyte, 1024k) and @code{G} (gigabyte, 1024M)
@@ -129,7 +133,7 @@ created as a copy on write image of the specified base image; the
@var{backing_file} should have the same content as the input's base image,
however the path, image format, etc may differ.
-@item info [-f @var{fmt}] [--output=@var{ofmt}] @var{filename}
+@item info [-f @var{fmt}] [--output=@var{ofmt}] [--backing-chain] @var{filename}
Give information about the disk image @var{filename}. Use it in
particular to know the size reserved on disk which can be different
@@ -137,6 +141,21 @@ from the displayed size. If VM snapshots are stored in the disk image,
they are displayed too. The command can output in the format @var{ofmt}
which is either @code{human} or @code{json}.
+If a disk image has a backing file chain, information about each disk image in
+the chain can be recursively enumerated by using the option @code{--backing-chain}.
+For instance, if you have an image chain like:
+base.qcow2 <- snap1.qcow2 <- snap2.qcow2
+@end example
+To enumerate information about each disk image in the above chain, starting from top to base, do:
+qemu-img info --backing-chain snap2.qcow2
+@end example
@item snapshot [-l | -a @var{snapshot} | -c @var{snapshot} | -d @var{snapshot} ] @var{filename}
List, apply, create or delete snapshots in image @var{filename}.