[linux-lvm] LVM 0.8 and reiser filesystem

Eric M. Hopper hopper at omnifarious.mn.org
Tue Jun 6 17:33:35 UTC 2000

On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 05:44:21PM +0200, holger_zecha at hp.com wrote:
> Hello,
> unfortunately, LVM 0.8final (in the following only called LVM) is not
> usable in production environments.
> We're thinking about using Linux in SAP mixed environments. Now we use
> NT as plattform for applikationservers and HP-UX as database server. We
> are doing some tests with Linux as Applikation Server in the near
> future.
> Are you going to implement mirroring in Linux LVM ? Why is it such a big
> problem to have the root filesystem on a LVM volume ?
> There is no easy way to get mirrored disks with LVM, only without LVM,
> but there it's not possible to resize partitions.
> So we see these two points as big disadvantages:
> a) root Filesystem not on LVM
> b) no mirroring.
> Are there any solutions in the near future ?

	I have no idea, but here are a few thoughts you may find useful.

	I have a strong suspicion that have a root partition under LVM
would actually be kind of easy.  There are two issues, one is booting
from an LVM partition, the other is having a root partition under LVM.
I think these two are actually seperate issues, though they're often

	I think you could get a root partition under LVM by using initrd
carefully and doing the vgscan and vgchange from a ramdisk.  I haven't
tested this, but I will when I get a chance.

	As for the mirroring thing, why do you want LVM to do this?  Why
not just have a hardware RAID 0 array?  Are you wanting to do periodic
disk image dumps to tape or something?

	If I'm not understanding the mirroring thing, tell me how you'd
do it without LVM.

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