kvm | linux | shrink sparse disk using zerofree

Install zerofree

edit your fstab, set your root drive to RO like

/dev/vda1 / ext2 ro 0 1

Halt your system

 # halt -p

Start your system into the grub menu, then select rescue mode, then drop to root shell

Run zerofree like

 # zerofree /dev/vda1

Remount your root drive RW

 # mount -o remount,rw /dev/vda1

Re-edit your fstab to his origins to mount root drive RW after reboot.


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