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Re: [linux-lvm] Hard disk failure, restore problem



On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 11:22:44AM -0800, Thomas Berton wrote:
> Hi,
> I've recently encountered some problems with my LVM.
> 
> I had (and still have) a bad hd /dev/hda (used part. /dev/hda1)
> 
> I started:
>    pvmove /dev/hda1 /dev/hdf1
> yet the hd gave an error and I had to reboot.
> 
> I have a metadata backup made before I've started the move.
> 
> The volume group name is bigspace, yet the 'dir' /dev/bigspace/bigspace1 
> is also gone...
> 
> now I got
> pvscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdg1" is in no VG  [74.53 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hde1" is in no VG  [149.05 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdf1" is in no VG  [149.05 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdc1" is in no VG  [111.79 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdd1" is in no VG  [74.53 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hda1" is in no VG  [74.53 GB]
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdb1" is in no VG  [74.53 GB]
> pvscan -- total: 7 [708 GB] / in use: 0 [0] / in no VG: 7 [708 GB]

Thomas,

you ran 'pvcreate -ff' *and* vgcfgrestore ... on all PVs ok ?
pvscan output looks like the vgcfgrestore went wrong.

> 
> yet if I do the restore I get
> 
> I also did a pvcreate -ff /dev/hdx1 for every disk... I've read 
> somewhere that should fix it. yet id did not.

Yes, you need "pvcreate -ff ..." before you vgcfgrestore to the devices.

> 
> pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hda1"  is associated to unknown VG 
> "bigspace" (run vgscan)
> 
> vgscan gives
> 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 "bigspace" 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
> 
> there is a LOT of data on this array of disk (as you can imagine)
> 
> sometimes, hda is working good, so i hope it want to work long enough to 
> restore the data.

If you want to activate "bigspace" just in order to backup date *and*
remove/recreate it afterwards, you might want to use the following workaround:

o identify your actual metadata backup (say, bigspace.conf)

o mkdir /etc/lvmtab.d

o cp bigspace.conf /etc/lvmtab.d/bigspace

o echo -ne "bigspace\0" > /etc/lvmtab

o vgchange -ay

> 
> My guess now is to make a new vg and add those disks... but I want to be 
> sure, so I don't lose the data.

That won't work, because the PVs are falgged *new* after pvcreate -ff
and you will just have empty PVs that way.

> 
> Any suggestions to recover the data or to replace the broken harddisk 
> with a new one with as little data loss as possible.
> 
> Regards,
> Thomas.
> 
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