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Re: [linux-lvm] lvm2 volumes not available on boot

Dieter Stüken wrote:
Jason Keltz wrote:
I have what is probably a very simple question concerning lvm2.    If I
create an lvm2 volume, and reboot, I no longer see the volume.  The
system startup scripts do "vgchange -a y", but if I do this by hand, I get:

No volume groups found

I observed this for my SuSE system, too. I found, LVM was compiled as
a module, but it was not loaded when system startup initialized lvm :-(
I managed to push loading of LVM into initrd. Thus it gets loaded
very early and even may mount root from LVM. Either start mkinitrd
manually with the informations to load LVM, or declare the LVM module
within some config file to get it into initrd.

For SuSE it's in: /etc/sysconfig/kernel.


Thanks for your quick response. I don't think in my case the problem is that the module isn't loaded .... Here are the lines in rc.sysinit:

    if [ -x /sbin/lvm.static ]; then
if /sbin/lvm.static vgscan --mknodes --ignorelockingfailure > /dev/null
2>&1 ; then
action $"Setting up Logical Volume Management:" /sbin/lvm.static vgchange -a y --ignorelockingfailure

Before the vgscan is run, here are the loaded modules:

Module                  Size  Used by
dm_mirror              28577  0
dm_mod                 59717  1 dm_mirror
joydev                 13953  0
button                 10449  0
battery                12741  0
ac                      8773  0
uhci_hcd               32729  0
ehci_hcd               31813  0
3w_9xxx                35909  0
e1000                  99757  0
floppy                 57937  0
ext3                  118729  1
jbd                    60761  1 ext3
ata_piix               13381  1
libata                 57885  1 ata_piix
sd_mod                 20417  2
scsi_mod              116941  3 3w_9xxx,libata,sd_mod

... so "dm_mod" is actually loaded, and as far as I know, that's the lvm2 module. The output of those commands is then:

File descriptor 21 left open
  No volume groups found
  No volume groups found
  Reading all physical volumes.  This may take a while...

... and it doesn't seem to find any physical volumes, but if I use the same command after bootup:

# /sbin/lvm.static vgscan --mknodes --ignorelockingfailure
  Reading all physical volumes.  This may take a while...
  Found volume group "scratch" using metadata type lvm2



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