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[linux-lvm] LVM with Powerpath - incompatibility



Hi,

I have a CX300 Clariion and a x445 IBM (4 processors and 4GB RAM) server equipped with 2 Emulex FibreChannel cards which are directly connected to the cx300's controllers.

My software config is as follows:

Redhat ES 3.0 with Kernel 2.4.21-20.ELsmp
PowerPath 4.3.1
LPFC 2.4 driver kit 7.2.4-1
lvm-1.0.3-15


I created 2LUNs on the cx300, and therefore I can see 4 sd devices on linux (2 on one path and 2 on the other). After installing PowerPath, I am able to access the LUNs via /dev/emcpowera1 and /dev/emcpowerb1 respectively.


But I cannot use LVM on these devices directly. However LVM works with /dev/sd* devices. I wish to use it with the PowerPath devices instead, so as to have dynamic multipathing.

I also tried to install Veritas Volume Manager; no luck, the eval version was compiled for kernel.2.4.xx-Hugemem - which is not my present kernel. I have incompatibility problems because PowerPath 4.3.1 requires at kernel 2.4.21-15 or 2.4.21-20.

Is there someone who had the same type of problem? Any tip on how to make LVM run with PowerPath devices?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

Rgds,

Hantzley Tauckoor
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