5.6 Freezing and Unfreezing an XFS File System

If you need to take a hardware-based snapshot of an XFS file system, you can temporarily stop write operations to it.


You do not need to explicitly suspend write operations if you use the lvcreate command to take an LVM snapshot.

To freeze and unfreeze an XFS file system, use the -f and -u options with the xfs_freeze command, for example:

# xfs_freeze -f /myxfs
# # ... Take snapshot of file system ...
# xfs_freeze -u /myxfs


You can also use the xfs_freeze command with btrfs, ext3, and ext4 file systems.

For more information, see the xfs_freeze(8) manual page.