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Re: [linux-lvm] LVM2 on-disk layout



On Mon, 5 Jan 2009, Tejas Sumant wrote:

> I have few questions on lvm2 layout.
> 
> 1) Why array of MDA (metadata area) is required? Isnt single MDA sufficient?

It is not *required*, there is an option for only 1 MDA.  The extra
copies are for backup.  If main MDA gets wiped, and you don't have a backup
on a separate volume (I keep one in boot partition), then you will be glad
of the backup.

> 2) Which MDA is current?

There should be a counter in each MDA to determine most current.  Also
each MDA has a CRC to detect partial updates, and discourage manual
editing.

> 3) Why the metadata inside MDA wraps around, instead of the offset
> pointing to the start of metadata?

Someone else?

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