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[linux-lvm] ERROR "pv_read(): LVM structure version"

Hello all, I'm new to this list (since this is the first major problem i've had
with LVM) so please bare with me and let me know what i need to submit for help.
Here's the situation:
I wanted to upgrade from Slackware 8.1 to Slackware 9.0. On the system I had a
volume group (vg00) of 4 disks (hde1 through hdh1). The LVM was running fine. I
first attempted to do the upgrade to slack 9 without a full reinstall (using
swaret) but didn't like some of the results with other parts of the system. LVM
is still fine at the point. So, I prepare to do a full upgrade. I figured the
best way to do this would be to export the LVM on the running system, do the
upgrade to slack 9 with a fresh clean install, then import the LVM back in.
These were the commands I planned to use:
On old system:
vgchange -an vg00
vgexport vg00

On new system:
vgimport vg00 /dev/hde1
vgchange -ay vg00

So, as a test, I figured I would run this set of commands on the system without
the upgrade. Here's where things went wrong. I did the vgchange and the
vgexport... No problem, go to do the vgimport and I get 
vgimport -- ERROR "vg_read_with_pv_and_lv(): current PV" reading data of volume
group "vg00"

eek... okay, so i try a vgscan with these results:
vgscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
vgscan -- ERROR "vg_read_with_pv_and_lv(): current PV" can't get data of volume
group "vg00PV_EXP" from physical volume(s)
vgscan -- "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" successfully created
vgscan -- WARNING: This program does not do a VGDA backup of your volume group

and a pvscan
pvscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdg1"  is in EXPORTED VG "vg00" [38.16 GB / 0 free]
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdh1"  is in EXPORTED VG "vg00" [57.26 GB / 0 free]
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hde1"  is in EXPORTED VG "vg00" [28.61 GB / 0 free]
pvscan -- total: 3 [124.05 GB] / in use: 3 [124.05 GB] / in no VG: 0 [0]

So i see that /dev/hdf1 is missing... :(
so pvdisplay /dev/hdf1
pvdisplay -- ERROR "pv_read(): LVM structure version" no VALID physical volume

so i try a vgcfgrestore (yes, i saved a copy) -n vg00 /dev/hdf1
vgcfgrestore -- this is a backup of volume group "vg00"
vgcfgrestore -- ERROR "pv_read(): LVM structure version" reading physical volume

So I think to myself "maybe it was the half upgrade to 9"... So I did a complete
reinstall of 8.1 - same results, so I did a clean install of 9 - same results...
It seems like no matter what I do, I get the LVM structure version error. So my
real question is, is there any way to fix this? I tried playing around with a
script pvversion that was supposed to change the structure version, but it
didn't seem to do anything. If I can't fix this drive, i'm willing to bite the
loss of the data on that drive, but I can't seem to find a way to bring back the
volume group without that drive intact. If I throw another drive in it's place
and run a vgcfgrestore on it, it works - but then I have that one drive there,
and 3 exported drives. Can i somehow import those 3 with the 1 replacement? Or,
am I completely out of luck and have lost the whole group?

Any help is greatly appreciated... I can supply any other command results that
anyone thinks would be helpful. If it comes to it i could possibly give someone
ssh access to the box (nothing else on it at the moment anyway). Feel free to
email me directly, otherwise I will be monitoring the thread. Thanks in advance.

Brint E. Kriebel
3rd Year Information Technology Major
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY
bek5084 rit edu

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