[et-mgmt-tools] koan --virt: lvm support
Daniel P. Berrange
berrange at redhat.com
Wed Sep 5 14:38:03 UTC 2007
On Wed, Sep 05, 2007 at 11:18:49AM +0200, Kris Buytaert wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-05 at 04:28 +0100, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 04, 2007 at 01:55:53PM -0400, Michael DeHaan wrote:
> > > Johan Huysmans wrote:
> > > >well... it is possible ;)
> > > >because we are allready doing this for over a year.
> > > >
> > >
> > > The word on the street (from Dan Berrange) is that this feature is not
> > > guaranteed to work in future
> > > versions of Xen.
> > To be a little more verbose....
> > Virtual machines are assigned virtual *disks*. ie hdN, sdN (for full virt) or
> > xvdN (for paravirt). Names like sda1 are partitions, and not disks. It makes
> > no conceptual sense to have a partition without an enclosing disk. If you want
> > to have a 1-1 mapping between the backing files & disks inside the guest, then
> > simply don't partition the disk inside the guest - format /dev/sda directly.
> > Xen paravirt only happens to allow you to map a file straight through as a
> > partition, and while it may currently work, I can make absolutely no guarentees
> > it will work in the future as the Xen paravirt kernel evolves - particularly
> > as Xen increasingly merges into LKML trees. NB with the LKML merge the ability
> > to hijack hdN and sdN in paravirt guests has been removed - paravirt can only
> > use xvdN devices now. I've not checked if hijacking partitions as described
> > below works, but I would not be surprised if it doesn't. Finally its also not
> > portable to Xen fullyvirt, or KVM, or QEMU, etc. Basically unsupportable in
> > the medium-to-long term.
> I think it is extremely important to continue to be able to use
> filesystems on LVM volumes in dom0 as filesystems in domU's. Using
> them as full disks with a partition on them would be fine.
Yes, that is entirely possible. If you have /dev/VolGroup00/MyGuestFS
in the dom0, you can map that into the guest as /dev/xvda and simply
mount /dev/xvda itself - there is no need to pretend it is /dev/xvda1
inside the guest.
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