[linux-lvm] FAQ Question not found

Nicolas Brouard brouard at ined.fr
Mon Oct 18 15:34:23 UTC 1999

I have used and appreciated LVM on AIX for years. The main use for me
consisted in having initially a hard disk too big for my actual but
increasing needs.
It was very nice to increase a filesystem like /home /usr/local or /var when
mail traffic increased.
Now I have a similar need. I am using a laptop with 2Gb. I bought a 6Gb hard
disk which should replace the old one. I would like to have at the beginning
2Gb for Win98 and some initially small logical volumes for a Linux system.
With my 2Gb old disk, I used 1Gb for Windows and 1Gb for Linux.

Is it a good idea to try to implement LVM for the linux partition? How does
it deal with other partitions and the limitation to 4 primary partitions.
How to begin? Should I first install Linux with arbitrary partitions, and
then build a LVM kernel and then? I do only have one physical disk and can't
play so much with other partitions.

In fact I do not understand how it works. On AIX, all the disk was managed
with LVM? Here, can I decide that logical volume manager will only deal with
a big ext2 partition. And within this partition I would be able to have
variable sized /var /home / ?

I would appreciate any help, even if it is: Ok, do fixed partitions and not

Nicolas Brouard
brouard at ined.fr

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