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Re: [linux-lvm] Software RAID 5 Resizing and LVM



I have lvm2 on RAID5. With scratch disks you can do pvmoves to move extents off the RAID stripe onto a scratch disk. Then redo the raid stripe wider (more disks). Then move the extents back. If you're (clever) adding a disk and it's partitioned up a little you can use some of the partitions as "scratch" while bringing other partitions into the raid.

Does EVMS have something more elegant? That would be nice.

-Scott

David Greaves wrote:

For those googling this thread, can I also suggest looking at EVMS.

I'm in the same situation and it appears that EVMS now have an md raid 5 grow facility that manages this up through an 'lvresize' operation and into a xfs_growfs.

I have a 5x250Gb raid5 with lvm2 - I want to grow to 6x250Gb.

Seems neat and doesn't have the 'may eat your babies' threats of raidreconf.

I've not tried it yet so YMMV.

David
PS I'm LVM2 too


Adam K-F wrote:


Thanks Jon,

What I was trying to achieve was a a single, really big raid drive that
I could _easily_ expand later on down the track.  It only needs to have
the single filesystem on it (i'm going to use reiserfs) which has to be
resizable (using resize_reiserfs).

So yeah, I ended figuring out what i actally needed to do in the end,
after playing with LVM, which incidently was a bit of fun :)  I've found
an application for it for my other file server. As they say, all's well
that ends well :)

Adam



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I asked pretty much that exact question on Monday! :) The only difference
was that mine is a hardware RAID. Someone replied with a possible
workaround if you're using LVM2, but if you're using LVM1 like me, and you
pvcreate'd your PV across the entire disk like me, then you're screwed like
me. :(


If you partitioned the logical disk and pvcreate'd a partition, then you
should be able to create a new partition on the newly-available space, then
pvcreate a second PV and add it into the VG. The wonders of 20/20
hindsight.


Cheers,

Jon Etkins
IT Administration & Support
Austin Logistics, Inc
ph:  (512) 651-5641
fax: (512) 329-5625


linux-lvm-bounces redhat com wrote on 11/16/2004 05:29:54 PM:




I've been playing around with adding disks to a software RAID 5 array,

and it


works fine. However, i have LVM running over the top of that and i can't
figure out how to enlarge the Phisical Volume to encompass the newly

added


capacity on the raid device. Has anyone achieved this at all?

Am I barking up the wrong tree here? If so, how would you go about
adding drives
to a software RAID 5 device, and actually adding the new space to
the filesystem
inside the RAID device?

Thanks in advance

Adam

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