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LVM snapshot automation based on smbsnap from

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Due to the following factors:

  • This software is intended to be run with root privileges
  • This software manages logical volumes on your machine, including creationg and deletion of snapshots
  • There may be bugs in this software advised that this software has the ability to at the least cause you DATA LOSS and at the worst SEVERELY DAMAGE OR IMPAIR your operating system. THIS IS NOT BACKUP SOFTWARE.

See LICENSE.txt for further disclaimers.


The purpose of this tool is to automate management of LVM thin pool snapshots. It is intended to be used with cron or systemd timers for scheduling.

There is a guide on the Samba website for setting up rotating LVM snapshots for use with Samba's implementation of Volume Shadow Copy. This script is based on the Bash script in that guide. It can mount snapshots to a specified path with dirnames compatible with Volume Shadow Copy, e.g. @GMT-2022.04.28-22.35.17. For more on setting up Samba for shadow copies, see


This tool requires Python 3.6 or later. For recent Linux distributions the system Python interpreter should suffice. pip or pip3 is required for installation, so you may need to install python3-pip or similar package.

Python Dependencies

Since I expect this to be a system package, I tried to minimize the dependencies it would install.

  • If you are using Python 3.6, pip will install the dataclasses backport for 3.6.
  • pip will install single-version for package version management.


This is a rare case of installing something with Python's pip as root.

sudo pip install lt-autosnap
# --or--
sudo pip3 install lt-autosnap


Create a config file with ltautosnap genconf > ltautosnap.conf. The comments provide guidance on how to configure volumes and snap sets. Modify the config file with the details about your volumes and desired snap set and, as root, copy it to /etc/ltautosnap.conf.


Most commands require root privileges, even list, since it runs lvs which usually requires root.

  • Run ltautosnap -h for a list of all commands.

  • As root, create a crontab file at /etc/cron.d/ltautosnap to generate snaps.


    # If desired, set an email address to send error messages
    #   Cron will usually email stdout and stderr if you have mail set up with
    #   Postfix or similar MTA.
    # Generate a snapshot for vol0, set0 every day at midnight, no matter what
    0 0 * * *  root ltautosnap snap 0 0
    # Every hour at 3 minutes after the hour, for vol0, set1, if a period has
    #   elapsed since the last snap of the set, create another one.
    3 * * * *  root ltautosnap autosnap 0 1
    # Every day at 3 AM remove all extra snaps (beyond each snapset's count)
    #   starting with the oldest
    0 3 * * *  root ltautosnap clean all
    # Every hour at 5 after, for volume 1, automatically create new snaps as needed
    #   and clean old ones for all snap sets.
    5 0 * * *  root ltautosnap autosnap 1 --autoclean
    # Every day at noon, check if each volume's pool has exceeded the warning level
    #   This will log a warning to stderr if the warning level has been exceeded.
    #   If MAILTO is set and your MTA is configured, you'll be emailed only if the
    #   warning percent is exceeded.
    0 12 * * *  root ltautosnap check all
    # On the first day of the month, do the same but print the % used space to
    #   stderr no matter what. If MAILTO is set and your MTA is configued, you'll
    #   be emailed the volume usage every month.
    0 0 1 * *  root ltautosnap check all -v

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