8.6. Suspending an XFS File System
To suspend or resume write activity to a file system, use
xfs_freeze. Suspending write activity allows hardware-based device snapshots to be used to capture the file system in a consistent state.
xfs_freezeutility is provided by the
xfsprogspackage, which is only available on x86_64.
To suspend (that is, freeze) an XFS file system, use:
xfs_freeze -f /mount/point
To unfreeze an XFS file system, use:
xfs_freeze -u /mount/point
When taking an LVM snapshot, it is not necessary to use
xfs_freezeto suspend the file system first. Rather, the LVM management tools will automatically suspend the XFS file system before taking the snapshot.
xfs_freezeutility can also be used to freeze or unfreeze an ext3, ext4, GFS2, XFS, and BTRFS, file system. The syntax for doing so is the same.
For more information about freezing and unfreezing an XFS file system, refer to