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Re: [linux-lvm] lvm and changing root partitions

On Mon, Jan 21, 2002 at 06:03:20PM -0500, Alexy Khrabrov wrote:
> Dear Heinz --
> I'm delighted with LVM for Linux.  I installed all
> of my SuSE 7.2 systems with root partition on LVM
> also.  I noticed one glitch and a more serious
> technical issue.
> The glitch is, the root partition on LVM does not
> let vgchange -an deactivate everything on
> shutdown.  Although SuSE 7.2 /etc/init.d/boot
> script seems to provision the root partition being
> on LVM, shutdown still compplains that it can't
> deactivate the partition in use.  Is it possible
> at all to deactivate it?

Ho Alexy,
no it is not in case you've got root on a LV, because a VG can't be
deactivated with > 0 LVs still active.

> And is it safe to keep
> doing shutdowns without it fully deactivated?

Yes, it is completely safe, because nothing gets written to the disks
during "vgchange -an". The command tries to remove the LVM metadata from
core where it 'dies' anyway when the kernel disapears.

> Second issue is more important, and it taught me
> about vgcfgbackup.  I lost my initial LVM install
> when I deleted some /dev/hdaN partitions in the
> middle, shifting the physical volume names.  I
> couldn't restore the system after that, even after
> trying al kinds of restoring commands.  So I
> reinstalled a Red Hat with a regular root
> partition, to be able to always boot up regardless
> of LVM, and created LVM from that Red Hat.  The
> original /etc/lvmtab* files where created there.
> Then I installed SuSE onto the LVM, and started to
> boot into the root partition of SuSE.  But I
> couldn't change LVM logical volumes since their
> config was still stored on the older root
> partition.  I copied it physically to the new
> root, recreating /dev/ files with mknod.  It seems
> to work, but I wonder if that's the right way to
> move LVM config from one root partition to
> another?

Well, it is one way to do it.
Running vgscan is another recommended one, because vgscan reads all
PVs and creates the /etc/lvmtab* files/directory which is used as a cache
to run all LVM commands faster. vgscan is available once you have a SuSE
root including the LVM rpm installed. Boot into single user, run vgscan
and /etc/lvmtab* gets created with actual configuration info.

> Regards,
> Alexy
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