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Logical Volume Manager (LVM)

What is LVM?

Create new Physical Volume (PV), Volume Group (VG) and Logical Volume (LV)

First you need to create a partition on a disk with type LVM
List the partitions

cat /proc/partitons

major minor  #blocks  name

  11        0    1048575 sr0
   8        0   31457280 sda
   8        1     194560 sda1
   8        2   31260672 sda2
   8       16  209715200 sdb
In this example the right one is “sdb”
fdisk /dev/sdb
n = new partition, p = primary partition, enter to select default or select own range, t = change partition system id, 1 = id 1 but it might be another on your system, 8e = type LVM, w = write changes to disk
pvcreate /dev/sdb1
vgcreate datavg /dev/sdb1
lvcreate -l 100%FREE -n backuplv datavg
mkfs.ext3 -Lbackup /dev/datavg/backuplv 
#mkfs.xfs -Lbackup /dev/datavg/backuplv
vi /etc/fstab
/dev/mapper/datavg-backuplv /data                    ext3     defaults        0 0

Extend Physical Volume (PV)

Get the “PV Name”/ Partition via


  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdc1
  VG Name               datavg
  PV Size               <600.00 GiB / not usable 2.00 MiB

(Resize VMDK to 1,3TB) Check if your disk resize has already been recognized via

cat /proc/partitions

major minor  #blocks  name
   8       32  629145600 sdc
   8       33  629144576 sdc1

sdc is not 1,3TB, so get the scsi target via

lsscsi -v

[2:0:0:0]    disk    VMware   Virtual disk     1.0   /dev/sdc
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/2:0:0:0  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:17.0/0000:13:00.0/host2/target2:0:0/2:0:0:0]

Then rescan the adapter

echo 1 > /sys/class/scsi_disk/2\:0\:0\:0/device/rescan

The OS now knows that the disk has 1,3TB

cat /proc/partitions

major minor  #blocks  name
   8       32 1395864371 sdc
   8       33  629144576 sdc1

Resize the partition (see Create new Physical Volume (PV))
The partitiontable might have an old state, to refresh it try the following commands


kpartx -a /dev/sdc

partx -a /dev/sdc
Looking at /proc/partitions should now list sdc and sdc1 with 1,3TB, if not you should restart your VM to refresh the table.

If both sdc and sdc1 are up to date, resize the PV

pvresize -v -d /dev/sdc1

    Archiving volume group "datavg" metadata (seqno 7).
    Resizing volume "/dev/sdc1" to 2791726694 sectors.
    Resizing physical volume /dev/sdc1 from 153599 to 340786 extents.
    Updating physical volume "/dev/sdc1"
    Creating volume group backup "/etc/lvm/backup/datavg" (seqno 8).
  Physical volume "/dev/sdc1" changed
  1 physical volume(s) resized or updated / 0 physical volume(s) not resized

pvdisplay and vgdisplay are now resized


 --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdc1
  VG Name               datavg
  PV Size               <1.30 TiB / not usable <2.80 MiB


  --- Volume group ---
  VG Name               datavg
  VG Size               <1.30 TiB

Extend Logical Volume (LV)

Extend the disk (PV/VG, example above)
Then extend the LV (100% is the full VG, check the “Other commands”-section for other parameters)

lvextend -l +100%FREE /dev/data/backup     
#if ext3/4 use
resize2fs /dev/data/backup
#if xfs use
xfs_growfs /dev/data/backup

Remove Physical Volume (PV), Volume Group (VG) and Logical Volume (LV)

lvremove /dev/data/backup
vgremove data
pvremove /dev/sdb1

Other commands

Command Function
pvdisplay show all PVs
vgdisplay show all VGs
lvdisplay show all LVs
vgchange -ay <VGNAME> activate LV
vgextend datavg /dev/sdd add disk sdd (unpartitioned) to VG datavg
lvextend -L+5G /dev/data/backup extend by 5GB
lvextend -L 10G /dev/data/backup extend to 10GB total
lvcreate -L20G -n backuplv datavg create LV with 20GB total
lvresize -r -L+5G /dev/data/backup extend by 5GB and do resize2fs/ xfs_growfs


Cant mount a logical volume


Mounting the device leads to the following error

mount: special device /dev/mapper/VG01-LVbackup does not exist

Checking the LV via “lvdisplay” shows that its unavailable

LV Status              NOT available


Its deactivated.

Maybe you are missing the services in autostart? check /etc/boot.d/ for the following services and add them if needed:

chkconfig boot.lvm on
chkconfig boot.lvm_monitor on


Run the following command to activate it

vgchange -ay <VGNAME>

and remount

mount <PATH>

New added disk doesnt appear in /proc/partitions


After adding a new disk to your VM the disk doesnt appear in /proc/partition


The VM didnt rescan the scsi devices


Run the following command rescan the scsi hosts for new devices

for host in /sys/class/scsi_host/*; do echo "- - -" | sudo tee $host/scan; lsblk -S ; done

linux/general/lvm.txt · Last modified: 2020/11/16 17:39 by lunetikk