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[linux-lvm] Deactivating missing VG



I have a volume group on removable media: backvg3 Normally, I run 
"vgchange -an backvg3" before removing the media.  However, today the 
customer removed the media to an offsite location for safekeeping before I 
could do the vgchange.  This shouldn't be a big problem, because the 
filesystem was mounted read-only (a precaution against exactly this 
occurence).

However, I can't get rid of the VG.

# vgchange -an backvg3
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 214748299264: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 214748356608: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 4096: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  Volume group "backvg3" not found
# vgreduce  -v --removemissing backvg3 
    Finding volume group "backvg3"
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
    Wiping cache of LVM-capable devices
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 214748299264: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 214748356608: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 4096: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  /dev/backvg3/backup: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  Volume group "backvg3" not found

The physical device, /dev/sdc, is gone.  What should I do?  If I leave it
until the media is brought back, is it safe to reattach?  What if it does
not reattach at the same SCSI disk (say /dev/sde instead)?

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