[linux-lvm] lvm/devfs bug?

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at cox.net
Thu Apr 10 14:58:01 UTC 2003

rich turner wrote:

> does anyone recognize this as a bug within lvm?
> there clearly is not a partition on sda (according to /proc/partitions)
> but pvcreate thinks there is one. if pvcreate examines only
> /proc/partitions for disk partitions and there is not a partition on a
> disk then why does pvcreate fail? i may not understand all of the
> underlying behavior of pvcreate but it appears to be failing when it
> shouldnt. is this a bug?

If I remember your original message properly, the error you got from pvcreate 
was that the disk "contained a partition table". This is _not_ the same thing as 
the disk containing one or more partitions; there can very well be an empty 
partition table on the disk. This may not be the problem, but if it is, using

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda count=20

will wipe out any existing DOS-type partition table (or any other type of table 
that resides at the beginning of the disk). If you've already tried this, then 
I'd say there is definitely a bug happening.

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