B-tree file system (btrfs) Missing from Snapper Config List

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2
B-tree Filesystem (btrfs)


The bsmall btrfs filesystem has a subvolume called fry. Hourly snapshots are being created correctly on other volumes and subvolumes, but not on fry. The fry subvolume has a snapper configuration name of fry as well.

/etc/snapper/configs/fry is present and valid.
# ls /etc/snapper/configs/
bbig  bsmall  fry  heart  one

Running snapper list-configs does not show the fry configuration, but snapper -c fry list shows the current snapshots as configured. The fry subvolume is valid, mounted and working properly, just no hourly snapshots can be created.
# snapper list-configs
Config | Subvolume 
bsmall | /bsmall   
bbig   | /bbig     
one    | /bbig/one 
heart  | /bbig/heart

Shows snapshots are not occurring after 12:00:01.
# snapper -c fry list
Type   | # | Pre # | Date                            | Cleanup  | Description | Userdata
single | 0 |       |                                 |          | current     |        
single | 1 |       | Fri 22 Mar 2013 12:00:01 PM MDT | timeline | timeline    |        

Shows a working configuration where snapshots are occurring after 12:00:01.
# snapper -c one list
Type | # | Pre # | Date | Cleanup | Description | Userdata
single | 0 | | | | current |
single | 1 | | Fri 22 Mar 2013 09:36:00 AM MDT | | |
single | 2 | | Fri 22 Mar 2013 09:36:44 AM MDT | | |
single | 3 | | Fri 22 Mar 2013 12:00:01 PM MDT | timeline | timeline |
single | 4 | | Fri 22 Mar 2013 13:00:02 PM MDT | timeline | timeline |
single | 5 | | Fri 22 Mar 2013 14:00:01 PM MDT | timeline | timeline |

The /etc/cron.hourly/suse.de-snapper is present and functioning for other volumes.

The /etc/sysconfig/snapper shows: SNAPPER_CONFIGS="bsmall bbig one heart"


Add the fry configuration name back into the /etc/sysconfig/snapper configuration file.
1. Confirm the list of valid configuration names
# ls /etc/snapper/configs
bbig bsmall fry heart one
The "fry" configuration is the one we are missing.

2. Edit /etc/sysconfig/snapper
3. Change from this:
SNAPPER_CONFIGS="bsmall bbig one heart"
SNAPPER_CONFIGS="bsmall bbig one heart fry"
4. Save and retest.

NOTE: You are just adding the snapper configuration name to the list of valid configs.


The "fry" configuration name was missing from the list of valid snapper configurations in the /etc/sysconfig/snapper file.


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  • Document ID:7012008
  • Creation Date: 22-Mar-2013
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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