[linux-lvm] Volume groups on SAN storage

Heinz Mauelshagen mauelshagen at redhat.com
Fri Feb 13 09:28:01 UTC 2004


sounds odd that your storage system exposes more than one device
to access the same data.

Anyway: the only way to avoid accesses to SCSI devices you don't want to be used
by LVM1 is to move their device nodes out of /dev
(eg, mkdir /dev/.SAV; mv /dev/sdc2 to /dev/.SAV) and rerun vgscan afterwards.

FYI: with LVM2, youd can set up device name filters to avoid accesses
     to devices.

Heinz    -- The LVM Guy --

On Fri, Feb 13, 2004 at 03:06:14PM +0100, Thomas Meller wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> recently (today) I had a problem.
> I'm trying to create a HA Cluster for a DCE server.
> This is difficult work and sometimes very confusing.
> My goal is to make it bootable from a SAN.
> So far I managed to install GRUB and boot the machine. The rootfs and the rest can be
> mounted.
> I found, then, that the SCSI-devices inside one of my volume groups were the wrong ones.
> What is special about that is that the same content on a device can be seen on different
> SCSI-devices. This is due to some mirroring within the storage sytems. I cannot avoid that.
> Now, I have a readonly physical volume inside one of my volume groups. I want to insert the
> writeable mirror and get rid of the readonly.
> AFAICS this is not possible because I cannot force vgscan to insert a specified SCSI-device.
> Of course the VGDA is marked "part of VG xxx" and cannot be written anymore. So it cannot be
> imported nor exported or added to a new VG.
> Maybe there is an option anywhere how to scan a particular device. 
> Does anybody know how to trick LVM?
> Is there a hexeditor to patch the VGDA backups to use different /dev/sdXX devices?
> And if so, does that help?
> I'm using redhat 8.0 and I'm bound to that version.
> Thomas
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