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[linux-lvm] Re: root filesystem in lvm



[ I apologize if you receive multiple copies, but it seems that
  my earlier attempts didn't make it through.  Is this a closed
  mailing-list ?   - sm ]

A while ago, Michael Marxmeier (mike msede com) mentioned:
> However it should be possible to use LILO. As far as i understand
> LILO uses partition relative block numbers to load the kernel image.
> We just need to make sure that they are relative to the dos style
> partition.

How would LILO deal with a kernel image spread over several physical
partitions (or even disks) (in case you not only want a root fs on LVM but
a striped/mirrored/trucmuched one) ?

> If included statically in the kernel the lvm driver could
> execute the equivalent of a vgchange -ay and we should be able to
> mount the root file system.

That would be really neat.  The initrd workaround is just that: a workaround.

> However this will lead to some kernel bloat as some of the code which
> currently resides un user space in lvmlib and vgchange must also be
> present in the kernel.

- how hard would it be ?
- source code bloat:  hopefully, the exact same source code can be shared
  between the kernel and the liblvm/vgchange (I deeply hate code duplication)
- kernel bloat:  how bad would it be ?
  how much of that extra code could be put in __INITFUNC (so that the bloat
  only impacts the on-disk kernel image, but not the in-memory one) ?
  Let's also not forget that the kernel bloat should be measured between
  'linux+lvm+initrd' and 'linux+lvm+lvmroot'.


	Stefan


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