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Re: [linux-lvm] It never rains...




Heinz, et al

Sorry I failed to explain clearly what has happened. I have in fact lost 2 disks. 1 disk contained to /boot, / and the swap space, the other disk I lost was from a 3 disk LVM called datavg.

I have rebuilt the system on a new disk but I have lost /etc/lvmconf, therefore (I assume) I have no metadata to restore the VG from.

Unfortunately I don't have access to the system until later tonight to test if you did in fact understand my poor explanation!

Many thanks,

Chris.

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IT Specialist
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On Sat, Mar 20, 2004 at 08:02:03AM +0000, Chris Laycock wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Had a bit a disaster, lost 1 disk from a 3 disk VG and the root partition!
> All  on fully patched RH 9 system.
> I realise that I need to attach the 2 remaining PV to a LV and VG but if I
> do the usual vgcreate, lvcreate & pvcreate I'll end up with two dataless
> disks.

No, you need to replace the failed drive, pvcreate the new one (same size
as the dead one!) and vgcfgrestore the LVM metadata (see /etc/lvmconf/ and
the vgcfgrestore manual page) to it in order to be able to vgscan+vgchange
successfully.

Presumably your 2 surviving drives have most of the data allocated you should
be able to gain access to (most of) your data.
lvdisplay -v ... and pvdisplay -v ... are your friends to display the
actual mappings of LVs to PVs and vice/versa once you recovered
with vgcfgrestore.


> I luckly do have backups of some of the more important data but there not
> a recenct as I'd like and don't contain all of the data or the root
> partition.

If critical data is allocated to the dead drive (eg, start of LV and
a contained filesystem), you're in trouble and your (out-of-date) backup
is your best bet.

FYI: LVM2 has a --partial option for vgchange which will activate your VG
    ignoring any missing PVs.

Regards,
Heinz    -- The LVM Guy --


>
> Outputs from:
>
> vgscan
> vgscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
> vgscan -- ERROR "vg_read_with_pv_and_lv(): current PV" can't get data of
> volume group "datavg" from physical volume(s)
> vgscan -- "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" successfully created
> vgscan -- WARNING: This program does not do a VGDA backup of your volume
> group
>
> pvscan
> pvscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/sda1"  is associated to unknown VG "datavg"
> (run vgscan)
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdc1"  is associated to unknown VG "datavg"
> (run vgscan)
> pvscan -- total: 2 [45.75 GB] / in use: 2 [45.75 GB] / in no VG: 0 [0]
>
> pvdisplay /dev/hdc1
>
> --- Physical volume ---
> PV Name               /dev/hdc1
> VG Name               datavg
> PV Size               37.28 GB [78172227 secs] / NOT usable 4.19 MB [LVM:
> 165 KB]
> PV#                   2
> PV Status             available
> Allocatable           yes (but full)
> Cur LV                1
> PE Size (KByte)       4096
> Total PE              9541
> Free PE               0
> Allocated PE          9541
> PV UUID               vozLHH-585D-SSjH-XM9b-A8g2-888k-5tZWI0
>
> The two remaining disks are /dev/hdc1 & /dev/sda1
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Regards,
> Chris.
>
> -------------------
> Chris Laycock
> IT Specialist
> IBM Global Services (IDO)
>
> LITS, Stevenage
> Mail point: K3 STEV UK
> Email: LaycockC uk ibm com
> Tel : (01438) 76-9460  (internal: 44-9460)
>

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