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[linux-lvm] VG Recovery off multiple PV's



Well... I've got myself in a bit of a bind, and spending close to 24 hours trying to fix a problem I have with LVM, and browsing the internet, I've come to the conclusion that I need some expert help!!

Problem: Disk died in LVM... I madly tried to move the PE's off the drive, and managed to get all but teh offending PE's off to new drives i added to the system. (no 42 wouldn't you know it... thought it was the answer not the question...) . Thought I was ok, until the drive locked again, and I had to reboot.

When it came back, I had a vg which wouldn't be recognised after vgchange and vgscan, with lots of various errors, most of which I've seen similar examples for here. I upgraded the lvm to lvm2 and kernel to 2.6 to see whether I could get it all going using the partial mount. Anyways, here is what I get from the various outputs.

[root wren pictures]# lvm pvscan
 4 PV(s) found for VG data: expected 5
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdg2
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hda8
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdh1
 2 PV(s) found for VG pictures: expected 3
 Logical volume (lv_pictures) contains an incomplete mapping table.
 PV /dev/hdg1   VG data       lvm1 [60.50 GB / 0    free]
 PV /dev/hde2   VG data       lvm1 [68.75 GB / 0    free]
 PV /dev/hdb    VG data       lvm1 [55.84 GB / 0    free]
 PV /dev/hdf2   VG data       lvm1 [53.06 GB / 0    free]
 PV /dev/hde1   VG pictures   lvm1 [2.75 GB / 0    free]
 PV /dev/hdf1   VG pictures   lvm1 [2.75 GB / 0    free]
 Total: 6 [0   ] / in use: 6 [0   ] / in no VG: 0 [0   ]

Now I can quite happily see the volumes in the missing vg (in this case pictures).

# lvm pvdisplay /dev/hde1 --- Physical volume ---
PV Name /dev/hde1
VG Name pictures
PV Size 2.79 GB / not usable 45.55 MB
Allocatable yes (but full)
PE Size (KByte) 32768
Total PE 88
Free PE 0
Allocated PE 88
PV UUID uJqHOZ-puzh-6m8D-04dP-v3np-0Fj5-dh1CDY
# lvm pvdisplay /dev/hdf1
--- Physical volume ---
PV Name /dev/hdf1
VG Name pictures
PV Size 2.79 GB / not usable 45.55 MB
Allocatable yes (but full)
PE Size (KByte) 32768
Total PE 88
Free PE 0
Allocated PE 88
PV UUID FJh4Dl-2KPf-LyHK-8I3F-LAsk-hJ0x-0svzu4
# lvm pvdisplay /dev/hdh1
--- Physical volume ---
PV Name /dev/hdh1
VG Name pictures
PV Size 4.66 GB / not usable 32.77 MB
Allocatable yes (but full)
PE Size (KByte) 32768
Total PE 148
Free PE 0
Allocated PE 148
PV UUID 63LnM2-4MsC-Lg7I-st7o-xKcX-LHNy-BFYPtz
# lvm pvdisplay /dev/hdg2


 --- Physical volume ---
 PV Name               /dev/hdg2
 VG Name               pictures
 PV Size               13.99 GB / not usable 51.58 MB
 Allocatable           yes
 PE Size (KByte)       32768
 Total PE              446
 Free PE               445
 Allocated PE          1
 PV UUID               KW087O-c77n-k7Hf-4TCn-6MpM-Kf6L-izuYBv

And when I try a vgchange this is what happens:

# lvm vgchange -P -a y pictures
 Partial mode. Incomplete volume groups will be activated read-only.
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdg2
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hda8
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdh1
 2 PV(s) found for VG pictures: expected 3
 Logical volume (lv_pictures) contains an incomplete mapping table.
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdg2
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hda8
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdh1
 2 PV(s) found for VG pictures: expected 3
 Logical volume (lv_pictures) contains an incomplete mapping table.
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdg2
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hda8
 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde1 and /dev/hdh1
 2 PV(s) found for VG pictures: expected 3
 Logical volume (lv_pictures) contains an incomplete mapping table.
 1 logical volume(s) in volume group "pictures" now active

But I can't get it mounted, although the entry exists in /dev/mapper

ls -l /dev/mapper
total 0
crw-------    1 root     root      10,  63 Jan 24 13:49 control
brw-------    1 root     root     254,   0 Jan 24 14:11 data-lv_data
brw-------    1 root     root     254,   1 Jan 24 14:11 pictures-lv_pictures

The logical link is connected to /dev/data/lv_data, but none for /dev/pictures/lv_pictures

Now my main question is, and I'm hoping this is possible. Can I list the PE's on the drives in question and then rebuild the VG in some way by manually specifying these LE/PE's? When I did a vgcfgbackup I got a file with a lot of missing segments. I'd like to manually specify the extents and rebuild the vg.

The reason for persisting?? My wife is a photographer and you can imagine what's on this lvm.....

Hoping someone can help I can provide further information if need be.




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