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[linux-lvm] Fwd: Re: [lvm-devel] create physical partition from logical partition

This list! I am sorry.

On 02/14/2013 02:18 PM, Marian Csontos wrote:
Hello, I did answer here and it still applies.

Though I am sure I have not got you an ill advice, please, *use reply to
list* or reply to all, so other can review, fix typos/mistakes in steps,
or provide an additional information.

 > [root zaphod ~]# lvcreate -L 1G -n lv vg_zaphod
 > Logical volume "lv" created
 > [root zaphod ~]# lvresize -L 2G vg_zaphod/lv
 > Extending logical volume lv to 2.00 GiB
 > Logical volume lv successfully resized
 > [root zaphod ~]# lvresize -L 1G vg_zaphod/lv
 > WARNING: Reducing active logical volume to 1.00 GiB
 > THIS MAY DESTROY YOUR DATA (filesystem etc.)
 > Do you really want to reduce lv? [y/n]: n

Briefly, answered "y" here lvresize does what asked for and cuts
filesystem into two. Though it says it will destroy data it was still
reversible operation, resizing incomplete FS later not so, but running
fsck dealt an ultimate blow to the FS.

 > Now, the important question: Have you done a backup before?

I hope not getting an answer does not mean no.

-- Marian

On 02/10/2013 09:54 PM, Marian Csontos wrote:
On 02/10/2013 12:23 AM, fakhreddine HABIB wrote:
Thank you again Marian.

I tried first with the second point to run `fdisk /dev/sda` and i change
the `Id` of /dev/sda2 to `8e`, using the Live Cd of Ubuntu.
Now i can see the VG group ' vg_regalcauchy, thank you a lot for this

Now, i have a problem .. i don't know what the reason. I tried after to
reduce my volume in ' dev/vg_regalcaucy/lv_home' to have a big space to
install Ubuntu, when i reduce the volume, i had a problem with the
filesystem size was 26214400 blocks and the physical size of the
device is
When i use the resize2fs it didn't work, i fix the file system size
manually to 24962048.

Hello. Oh no! I am afraid this is the most common mistake I have seen:
people do first shrink the LV and then the FS, while it must be done in
reverse order. The wrong way just removes part of FS first, so there may
be uncomplete files. And any attempt to fix the FS makes it worse -
links to data in the removed part of FS are broken now.

NOTE: There is a `fsadm` command which does handle resizing of both LVs
and FSs which should be used instead.

Now, the important question: Have you done a backup before?

*Yes*: Very well! Just restore the data from Backup and repeat just
shrink the FS first and everything should be fine.

*No*: I am afraid there are going to be files lost, depends very much
how full the filesystem was.

If possible do a backup now - you may need to return to it and retry...

Then you should increase the size of the LV back and then increase the
FS size back to original value.

Try running fsck now, but be prepared for lot of errors.

You should check files in lost+found and if any valuable data are there:
fragments of your files,...

-- Marian

but when i want to mount the ' dev/vg_regalcaucy/lv_home', i have the
message :

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so

And when i try to reboot my Centos system i have the message in the


Can you help me please to find a solution, i use the partition magic
CD to use the shell, because i can't have an access to the system...
and i
don't know how can'i install in the system the ' nfs-common ' if it

Thank you.

F. H

2013/2/8 Marian Csontos <mcsontos redhat com>

On 02/08/2013 04:38 AM, fakhreddine HABIB wrote:

First thank you Marian.


About the method to reuduce the Pv, i think is risked... I don't
want to
take any risk of loosing data ...

- pvresize will not resize if there are data in the trailing disk
space to
about to be shrinked

- pvmove will mirror the data until moved successfully and even on
will start again

There is a short interval when LVM metadata are updated where system
could result in troubles, but this is no more risk than increasing
volume size...

If you need creating new partition, you have no other option than
the PV.

*Backups, backups, backups!*

Though I am quite confident LVM user now, I am always doing backups
shuffling round partitions.

Perhaps the easiest way if you have a spare USB HDD around is to run a
live CD and `dd` the /dev/sda there (like this `dd if=/dev/sda
of=/path/to/file/on/your/usb/**disk.img bs=1M`) If anything goes wrong,
you can simply switch the if and of params, and everything will be back
where it was before.


Actually, there is an option: if your machine is HVM (Virtualization
enabled) you could still install and run Ubuntu in a virtual machine.

CONS: slower, more memory consuming (2 OS are running at the same
not all HW is accessible...

I tried your idea if i can install ubuntu and Centos in the same
partition, using a logical one .. but i can,t find the way to do
Ubuntu installation interface give the whole /dev/sda2 but i can't see
the logical volumes (I talk about logical volumes of a LV group)

Too bad. Looks like the installer does not recognize LVM partition.

Is it possible the partition used does not have a partition header?

Run `fdisk /dev/sda` and there you could try `p` to print partitions.
should be `8e` and `System` Linux LVM. If that's not so, try `t` and
2-nd partition's type to `8e`.

That may help ubuntu recognize the LVM partition.

If not, try asking on Ubuntu forum...

-- Marian

thank you.

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