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Re: [linux-lvm] Root on LVM and vgscan

On Fri, May 25, 2001 at 09:28:34AM +0100, Dick Middleton wrote:
> I have root running on lvm on sw raid partitions on linux 2.2.18.  It all
> works fine.  However I have had difficulty during booting after adding new
> LVs.  The symptom is that the initial mounts of LVs fails or the wrong
> partition is mounted.
> What happens is that vgscan is run during the initrd phase and so the lvmtab
> is updated on the ram disk.  Once the root file system on the hard disk has
> been mounted the lvmtab on that comes into use.  That has not been updated by
> vgscan and so does not reflect the changes. 
> Obviously it's possible to run vgscan again (between remounting root rw and
> checking the other discs) to update the lvmtab but it does beg a few
> questions.

Yes, that's the option (forcing some overhead).
The other would be to get the actual /etc/lvmtab* from the initial ram disk :-)

> 1) why does mount use the data in lvmtab and not in /proc to find out about
>    active VGs?

mount doesn't access /etc/lvmtab* at all.

The problem is that minor numbers are not striktly related to logical volumes;
they are associated at vgscan time.

> 2) if lvmtab is so essetial why is it not updated by vgcreate/lvcreate and
>    other utilities when changes are made?

See above.

> 3) would it not be possible/better to update lvmtab from /proc without doing
>    a rescan.

That could only be partially done, because /etc/lvmtab* contains the complete
metadata whereas /proc doesn't.

> I don't know the issues involved and reasoning behind the design of this
> aspect of LVM but it does seem to me that there is something less than ideal
> in the current scheme.

The virtuall assignement of minor numbers to LVs causes the problem in the
root on LVM (and NFS) case. That'l likly be changed anyway.

> Dick
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