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Re: [linux-lvm] lvm on a single big partition or just a single big partition?

On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 10:00:00AM +0200, Marian Csontos wrote:
> Zhengquan Zhang wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:42:29PM -0400, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:
>>> On Wed, 3 Jun 2009, Zhengquan Zhang wrote:
>>>> For one harddrive I often create a /boot parition that is not lvm and
>>>> create a huge partition on the rest of the harddrive for PV of lvm. Now
>>>> I am thinking what is the difference between doing partition like this
>>>> and just a single big partition without lvm?
>>> With LVM, you can create many logical volumes.  If you only ever create one
>>> logical volume that fills the entire PV, and you aren't spanning drives
>>> (multiple PVs) or mirroring, then LVM is not doing anything for you.
> Not at the moment, but the moment you run out of space and decide to add  
> another drive, it will save you a lot of trouble moving all your  
> partitions around...

Sounds great and definetely I will exploit this feature in the future.

>> That is what I am doing, so I am not fully utilizing lvm. another
>> question, is it advisable to create on pv for one harddrive? 
> Yes, it is the right way. Having 2 PVs on single drive offer no benefit  
> I can think of, and actually it is a step back - you can not share "free  
> space" between PVs, thus it is a way to simulate old fashioned 
> partitions.

Thanks for confirming.

>>> Even with just one LV, leave some space for a snapshot.  Then you can
>>> take more consistent backups by creating a snapshot of your main LV
>>> and backing that up instead.  Put your swap space in LVM as well.
>> Thanks for pointing out this. I never thought of leaving space for
>> snapshot. and the swap too, why it is good to put swap in lvm?
> I think most of installers do not think of it neither (unless you  
> partition you disk yourself, which is not so difficult, but may be a bit  
> scary for newbies) - I would like an install option "leave N% of created  
> PV free and use only the rest now".

Yeah, that would be great, for some installer I guess there are expert
mode which enables you to do more manipulation.

Thanks, Marian,


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