Article ID: 120483, created on Mar 10, 2014, last review on May 4, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo 6.0


Ploop snapshot cannot be deleted with the following error message:

~# prlctl snapshot-delete 333 -i 57ff7d22-ddce-4fd6-a8db-976094de6e55
Delete the snapshot...
Failed to delete snapshot: Operation failed. Failed to delete snapshot: Single delta, nothing to merge [38]
Failed to delete snapshot {57ff7d22-ddce-4fd6-a8db-976094de6e55}


The snapshot deletion process has been interrupted and DiskDescriptor.xml was not modified to reflect the changes.


  1. Confirm that only one delta is used:

    ~# grep 333 /sys/block/ploop*/pdelta/*/image
  2. Check that the snapshot file is not held by any process:

    ~# ll /vz/private/333/root.hdd/
    total 32879644
    drwx------  4 root root        4096 Feb 11  2013 cache-private
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root        4096 Feb 11  2013 cache-root
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root        1134 Mar  1 20:00 DiskDescriptor.xml
    -rw-------  1 root root           0 Feb 11  2013 DiskDescriptor.xml.lck
    -rw-------  1 root root 21077426176 Mar  5 02:49 root.hds
    -rw-------  1 root root 12487491584 Mar  4 19:21 root.hds.{230c98c4-bdbb-4c0d-ad29-5269cce7366b}
    drwx------  2 root root        4096 Apr 29  2013 root.hds.mnt
    drwxr-xr-x 21 root root        4096 Apr 29  2013 templates
    ~# lsof 2>/dev/null | grep 230c98c4-bdbb-4c0d-ad29-5269cce7366b

    (In the example above you can also notice that modification date for root.hds file is more recent then for root.hds.{230c98c4-bdbb-4c0d-ad29-5269cce7366b})

  3. Stop the affected container.
  4. Create a backup copy of the directory /vz/private/CTID/root.hdd.
  5. Modify <Storage> and <Snapshots> sections in /vz/private/CTID/root.hdd/DiskDescriptor.xml to exclude the snapshot. <Storage> and <Snapshots> sections in DiskDescriptor.xml of the container withiout any snapshots looks this way:

  6. Delete the /vz/private/CTID/Snapshots.xml file.
  7. Start the container.
  8. Delete the unnecessary snapshot image (/vz/private/333/root.hdd/root.hds.{230c98c4-bdbb-4c0d-ad29-5269cce7366b}).

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