[linux-lvm] Existing Linux System

Heinz Mauelshagen mauelsha at ez-darmstadt.telekom.de
Thu Oct 14 21:52:29 UTC 1999

Hi Al.
> I have an exisiting linux system. Running Mandrake 6.0. I have installed
> sucessfully the kernel patch and the LVM software. Can I convert the
> existing layout to use LVM?

No conversion in means of nondestructive change of your existing partition
based filesystems into logical volume based ones.

> And if so how would that be accomplished.

You have to have free disk space available (at least about 10-20% more than
the already used space for your partition based filesystems) to set up
a volume group containing logical volumes for /, /usr, /tmp, /var and so on.

Create filesystems in these logical volumes and mount them.

Copy coresponding files from your partition based filesystems to the 
logical volume based ones.

Keep a small BIOS reachable boot partition, because LILO can't deal
with logical volumes directly.

The boot partition (20M is sufficient) has to hold all necessary LILO
files including lilo.conf, your boot kernel and an initrd.gz created
by lvmcreate_initrd(8).

It should hold binaries (like /bin/sh or the LVM executables), shared
libraries and necessary modules too to be able to use it as a standalone
bootable root in case something goes wrong 8*( or for administration purposes.

If you don't have plenty of space to configure large enough logical volumes in
the first place, you can add the partitions containing the original
filesystems to your volume group after your LVM system is o.k. and running.

Then you can grow the logical volumes and resize the unmounted ext2 filesystems
with resize2fs. To accomplish this you can standalone boot your system from
the above mentioned partition.



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