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Re: [linux-lvm] recovering a bad physical volume

On Tue, 16 Jul 2002, Patrick Caulfield wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 16, 2002 at 01:02:08AM +0100, Matthew Johnson wrote:
> > Hi, I have just got lvm setup on my machine - and it works fine. However,
> > I had a problem with my root partition (not lvm) and when it came back up
> > one of the 2 lvm partitions on that disk said it wasn't a valid physical
> > volume. The otherone was fine, and the logical volumes that weren't on the
> > first physical volume (it wasn't striped) mounted OK. The one that
> > partially on that first pv didn't, though - it said the device was not a
> > valid block device.
> >
> > The question is, can I easily get the partition back so it mounts OK, and
> > failing that can I recover all (or any) of the data. all my /usr is on
> > there, plus some other less critical stuff, so I really could do with it.
> >
> > more system details: Debian woody, with a custom 2.4.19 kernel with lvm
> > compiled in. The fs's all run reiserfs. THe volume group contains
> > /dev/hde6 /dev/hde7 & /dev/hda5. e7 & a5 are OK when I run pvdisplay, and
> > /dev/lvm1/var and /dev/lvm1/utils mount fine. /dev/lvm1/music doesn't
> > mount - I get errors reading superblock etc, and when I pvdisplay
> > /dev/hde6 it says it is not a valid physical volume.
> # pvcreate /dev/hde6
> # vgcfgrestore -n lvm1 /dev/hde6
> # vgscan
> should recover the volume group for you.

OK, from that I get the error "size of volume differs from backup",
although the volume group mounts fine. However, mount can't find a
filesystem. Bit more info - I checked the partition sizes (I was playing
around with some) - but they cylinder numbers are the same as the list I
have before I started. Second - its a 3gb partition, and the missing
logical volume is a 10Gb one. Hence, the last 7Gb are on the OK physical volumes. Can I
get back at least those, if not the whole lot.

Alternatively, at this point the question might better be asked to the
reiserfs lists.


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