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[linux-lvm] VG lost, no lvmconf => Help !



Here's my startup config :
on a single SCSI disk :
- linux 2.4.17 was booting on an lvm partiton, VG main, with LV : root, usr, boot, and var.
- an old linux system, 2.4.17 also, but classical ext2-based.


The LVM linux system was created by copying the root partitions of the ext2 system (as described in the LVM doc). Everything was working great with the LVM-based system, but i kept the old ext2 system as a rescue linux. Then, I did a vgextend to a remaining PV to my VG, and it boot and works already.

Problems arrived when i tried to add a SCSI CD burner : lvm didn't find the PVs, nor the VG, causing a kernel panic at boot time, and so did the ext2 linux. I was unable to fix that problem (SCSI id checked, ...), i removed that SCSI device, and then only the ext2 system did boot again. My vg was no longer detected.

So, here's where i am : under the ext2 system, i have no lvmtab for my VG, neither a recent main.conf, and my vg is no more detected, so i cannot recover my vg with vgcfgrestore. I did scan the 2 LVM PVs, and they are ok.
So my question is :
is there a way to recover my VG with the datas contained in the PVs ?


info :

The system is a Linux-2.4.17 based kernel, with lvm-1.0.1-1

Here's my log :

////////------pvscan-------
# pvscan
pvscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/sda1" is associated to an unknown VG (run vgscan)
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/sda3" is associated to an unknown VG (run vgscan)
pvscan -- total: 2 [5.39 GB] / in use: 2 [5.39 GB] / in no VG: 0 [0]


///////------lvmdiskscan-------
-]# lvmdiskscan
lvmdiskscan -- reading all disks / partitions (this may take a while...)
lvmdiskscan -- /dev/sda1 [ 3.99 GB] Primary LVM partition [0x8E]
lvmdiskscan -- /dev/sda2 [ 2.60 GB] Primary LINUX native partition [0x83]lvmdiskscan -- /dev/sda3 [ 1.39 GB] Primary LVM partition [0x8E]
lvmdiskscan -- /dev/sda4 [ 494.19 MB] Primary LINUX swap partition [0x82]
lvmdiskscan -- 1 disk
lvmdiskscan -- 0 whole disks
lvmdiskscan -- 0 loop devices
lvmdiskscan -- 0 multiple devices
lvmdiskscan -- 0 network block devices
lvmdiskscan -- 4 partitions
lvmdiskscan -- 2 LVM physical volume partitions


///////------vgscan--------
]# vgscan
vgscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
vgscan -- "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" successfully created
vgscan -- WARNING: This program does not do a VGDA backup of your volume group


///////------vgdisplay-----
]# vgdisplay
vgdisplay -- no volume groups found


///////------pvdata------- ]# pvdata -v -V -L /dev/sda1 | grep -v empty --- Volume group --- VG Name VG Access read/write VG Status NOT available/resizable VG # 0 MAX LV 256 Cur LV 4 Open LV 0 MAX LV Size 255.99 GB Max PV 256 Cur PV 2 Act PV 2 VG Size 5.38 GB PE Size 4.00 MB Total PE 1376 Alloc PE / Size 1277 / 4.99 GB Free PE / Size 99 / 396.00 MB VG UUID ML3C0g-bpt6-2He5-AK6f-5DNt-2LVV-bEm05U

--- List of logical volumes ---

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name                /dev/main/boot
VG Name                main
LV Write Access        read/write
LV Status              NOT available
LV #                   1
# open                 0
LV Size                40.00 MB
Current LE             10
Allocated LE           10
Allocation             next free
Read ahead sectors     120
Block device           58:0
read_ahead: 120

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name                /dev/main/root
VG Name                main
LV Write Access        read/write
LV Status              NOT available
LV #                   2
# open                 0
LV Size                1.00 GB
Current LE             256
Allocated LE           256
Allocation             next free
Read ahead sectors     120
Block device           58:1
read_ahead: 120

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name                /dev/main/usr
VG Name                main
LV Write Access        read/write
LV Status              NOT available
LV #                   3
# open                 0
LV Size                3.00 GB
Current LE             768
Allocated LE           768
Allocation             next free
Read ahead sectors     120
Block device           58:2
read_ahead: 120

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name                /dev/main/var
VG Name                main
LV Write Access        read/write
LV Status              NOT available
LV #                   4
# open                 0
LV Size                972.00 MB
Current LE             243
Allocated LE           243
Allocation             next free
Read ahead sectors     120
Block device           58:3
read_ahead: 120

pvdata -- logical volume struct at offset   4 is empty
....

and i have the same for /dev/sda3

///////////----------------

So, how can i use this stuff to recreate a good VG info and make my system back ?
Many thanks,


Guillaume



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