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Re: [linux-lvm] LVM2 with disks greater than 2TB



Yeah I thought it would care about the partition label so I made a bad assumption it had to be lvm when it doesn't at all. It worked fine with reiserfs and now I have my 9.09TB partition. Thanks everyone for the help.

Devon H. O'Dell wrote:
2006/3/28, Barnaby Claydon <bclaydon volved com>:
Dan, you should still be able to use LVM. The pvcreate create command
should still work on each of the two 4.6TB partitions and then use those
two PVs in your LVM.

How far did you get after using Parted and GPT ? Did you get LVM-related
errors that I may not be considering? :)

-Barnaby

I had this problem earlier. The issue ended up being the same: I
forgot to create GPT labels for the partitions. I had 2x4TB arrays I
needed to span into a single 8TB array for several systems. The steps
I use when making these LVM partition are as follows:

parted /dev/sdb
mklabel gpt
mkpart
primary
xfs
0
4196049
select /dev/sdc
mklabel gpt
mkpart
primary
xfs
0
4196049
quit

At the shell, type:

pvcreate --metadatasize 1M /dev/sd{b,c}1
vgcreate -s 128M vg0 /dev/sd[bc]1
lvcreate -n lv0 -L8T vg0
mkfs.xfs /dev/vg0/lv0

The sizes are arbitrary numbers that I got while playing around with
them and are the first ones that actually worked without whining at me
about metadata sizes when creating the logical volume. Dan, LVM
doesn't really care about the partition label. You should be able to
do what I did above (but then with ReiserFS) to get what you need.

With standard DOS partitions this will not work, as they only support
2^32-1 bytes.

--Devon

Dan wrote:
It was indeed a partition problem.  Thanks.  fdisk does not support
partitions over 2TB so I had to use GNU Parted to setup the partition
with a GPT label that supports over 2TB.  I could then create reiserfs
filesystems and got two 4.6TB partitions.  Unfortunately Parted and
GPT do not support LVM so I could not raid the two partitions into one
giant one unless I am missing something.  But the 2 partitions will
work fine for what I need.  For anyone who might be interested I found
the info I needed at the links below:
http://www.coraid.com/support/linux/contrib/chernow/gpt.html
http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/manual/html_chapter/
http://www.wlug.org.nz/GPT

Judd Tracy wrote:
I recall having a similar problem when I setup a large array a long
time ago and it was related to the partition table if I remember
correctly.  I wish I could remember more, but that was atleast 2
years ago.  Hopefully it can lead you in the right direction.  I
think I ended up using and EFI partion table if I remember correctly.

Judd

Dan wrote:

What concerns me is if I just try and make a single 4.54TB partition
as reiserfs without using LVM2 and mount it, it still only shows up
as ~560GB using df -h.  This makes me think it maybe an os issue.
Any thoughts?

Barnaby Claydon wrote:

Dan wrote:

I have 24 - 500GB drives raided such that 11 drives + 1 hot spare
per raid to get 4.54TB times 2.  I want to use LVM2 to make this
into one ~9TB disk, but when I create the partitions and do a df
-h they show up as about 560GB each instead of 4.5TB each.  I do
an fdisk -l and they show up correctly.  I am using Slackware
10.0.  I have device-mapper and LVM2 correctly installed.  I am
obviously hitting a 2TB limit from what I have read, but does
anyone know if it is possible to even do what I want?  If so, any
suggestions on what I need to install to get this to work?  I am
running the 2.6.15.4 kernel.  Thanks

Dan, from the LVM2 FAQ (
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/lvm2faq.html ) it mentions:

* For 32-bit CPUs on 2.6 kernels, the maximum LV size is 16TB.
* For 64-bit CPUs on 2.6 kernels, the maximum LV size is 8EB. (Yes,
that is a very large number.)

From what I recall when I built my last LVM, it's a matter of
setting the PE size during creation (hopefully you haven't started
filling with data yet). I think the default causes you to hit the
2TB limit, but it can definitely be set higher. The default PE Size
seems to depend on Linux distribution, but mine is at 4MB and I'm
at 1.5TB right now so the references to a 32MB default would
definitely get you to 9TB.

Sorry I can't offer any other specifics - hope that helps.

-Barnaby


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