The good news is the logical
drive came up. I just recreated the logical drive exactly as it was and its
even detected, with a missing superblock, as an ext3 partition. The bad news is
that e2fsck still froze on me. I can’t tell if it’s the iSCSI driver that is
doing it (The logical drive comes up as “busy” when I try to access it after
killing e2fsck) or something with lvm2 as doubtful as that is.
I picked up some hard drives and
put it in my old raid card for a RAID0, and doing a dd if=/dev/ANIME/testlv
of=/dev/sdc1. If this works, and e2fsck works, then I got my data back, yea!
Now what to do with it:P
From: linux-lvm-bounces redhat com
[mailto:linux-lvm-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Richard van den Berg
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 1:23 AM
To: LVM general discussion and development
Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] Serious problem and I don't know where to turn.
[root server ~]# lvscan -a
'/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00' [147.00 GB] inherit
'/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01' [1.94 GB] inherit
[root server ~]# vgscan
Reading all physical volumes. This may take
Found volume group "VolGroup00" using
metadata type lvm2
Found volume group
"ANIME" using metadata type lvm2
So the vg "ANIME" is found, but is not activated? That kind of makes
sense because it is missing the pv on the deleted /dev/sdb2 partition.
According to the vgreduce man pages you can:
vgreduce --removemissing ANIME
to remove all missing physical volumes from the volume group and make the
volume group consistent again. It's a good idea to run this option with
--test first to find out what it would remove before running it for real.
There is also "--partial" option you can use to activate vgs and lvs
even if they are missing data. Read the man pages and be very careful before
Basicly, I have a volume called
“ANIME-logical” I am trying to restore, but I don’t have the metadata. Is
there a way I can get to it?
Without the metadata that's going to be tough. If the filesystem is all
continuous on your RAID5 partition, technically you should be able to mount it
if you can create a device pointing at the right start, and with the right
size. Good luck figuring that out.
Another approach could be to recreate the /dev/sdb2 partition in exactly the
same way you did before. The metadata might still be there, and the vg might
Richard van den Berg