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[linux-lvm] RAID+LVM



I have a debian system with LVM on top of a RAID. Once up and running, it seems to work OK. It's the getting it up and running that's a problem. At boot, the raid drive is started, and then

               /sbin/vgscan --verbose >/root/vg.start
               /sbin/vgchange -a y --verbose >>/root/vg.start

This yields :
----vg.start----
vgscan -- removing "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d"
vgscan -- creating empty "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d"
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


vgchange -- locking logical volume manager
vgchange -- finding all volume group(s)
vgchange -- no volume groups found
----end----

Now, after the system finishes booting, if login as root and run those two commands again, I get.


----vg.start---- vgscan -- removing "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" vgscan -- creating empty "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" vgscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...) vgscan -- scanning for all active volume group(s) first vgscan -- reading data of volume group "vg0" from physical volume(s) vgscan -- found inactive volume group "vg0" vgscan -- getting block device numbers for logical volumes

vgscan -- checking block device numbers of logical volumes

vgscan -- inserting "vg0" into lvmtab
vgscan -- backing up volume group "vg0"
vgscan -- checking volume group name "vg0"
vgscan -- checking volume group consistency of "vg0"
vgscan -- checking existence of "/etc/lvmtab.d"
vgscan -- storing volume group data of "vg0" in "/etc/lvmtab.d/vg0.tmp"
vgscan -- storing physical volume data of "vg0" in "/etc/lvmtab.d/vg0.tmp"
vgscan -- storing logical volume data of volume group "vg0" in "/etc/lvmtab.d/vg0.tmp"
vgscan -- renaming "/etc/lvmtab.d/vg0.tmp" to "/etc/lvmtab.d/vg0"
vgscan -- removing special files and directory for volume group "vg0"
vgscan -- creating directory and group character special file for "vg0"
vgscan -- creating block device special files for vg0
vgscan -- "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" successfully created
vgscan -- WARNING: This program does not do a VGDA backup of your volume group


vgchange -- locking logical volume manager
vgchange -- finding all volume group(s)
vgchange -- checking volume group name "vg0"
vgchange -- checking existence of volume group "vg0"
vgchange -- reading volume group data for "vg0" from lvmtab
vgchange -- checking volume group consistency of "vg0"
vgchange -- checking if all physical volumes of volume group "vg0" are available
vgchange -- creating VGDA for "vg0" in kernel
vgchange -- volume group "vg0" successfully activated


vgchange -- unlocking logical volume manager
----end----

and everything works.

Now, maybe this is a question better asked on the RAID list, but what's changing between the boot-time process and later that suddenly makes the LVM stuff work?

David Corbin.




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