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Re: [linux-lvm] Bringing an existing filesystem under LVM2 control

On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 07:43:35PM +0200, Dieter Stüken wrote:
> If the FS resides on the first partition it usually starts at some offset
> of 63 sectors. So, if you simply erase the partition table and use hda
> for the PV, you may use this space for LVM. Don't know, if this is big
> enough, as I normally see "pe_start = 384".

1 sector is all it needs.  The second sector is safe with ext2/ext3 unless
you placed a bootloader there.  Filesystem tools and utilities shouldn't
interfere.  I'm guessing other filesystems will behave similarly, but I
haven't checked.
> Is there any brief description around about how a PV header is organized,
> or do I have to analyze the LVM source code for this?

Start at the 'Metadata' slide here:

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