[linux-lvm] Problems with booting after changing certain volumes

Heinz Mauelshagen mauelshagen at redhat.com
Fri Jan 16 08:57:20 UTC 2004


The size of the VG backups depends on the amount of metadata which
depends on the amount of PVs and their size and LVs in a VG.

Typically in the range of 100 - 500KB.

If you boot with an initrd (SuSE 8 uses one to boot) and vgscan runs
with that as root before the switch to the real root (the one you tried
resizing to solve the problem) happens, that initrd is likely to
run out of space.

Create a larger initrd to cope with that.

Heinz    -- The LVM Guy --

On Fri, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:56:50AM +0100, Frank Bagehorn wrote:
> Recently I had problems on a SuSE SLES 8 install.
> When I created two more logical volumes in the rootvg, the machine would 
> hang during boot stating
>         ERROR 2 - writing volume group backup file 
> /etc/lvmtab.d/rootvg.tmp in vg_cfgbackup
>         unable to do a backup of volume group "rootvg"
>         removing volume group "rootvg" from /etc/lvmtab
> I tried to increase the root file system from 512MB to 1GB but that didn't 
> help.
> So I removed the two lvs (and assumed I run into a strange bug that allow 
> not more than 7 lvs..)
> Instead I increased one of the other lvs and put the data in those.
> Now I rebooted again (first time since I increased the lv) and get the 
> same error.
> Question:
> How much space is necessary to do the volume group backup ?
> Shall I increase the rootlv even further (e.g. to 2GB) ?
> Or is the problem more than just not enough space ?
> The lv in question is about 60GB. I have another lv in a second volume 
> group that is the same size.
> (i.e. a copy of the same data is held on an external disk.) And that 
> doesn't seem to make a problem.
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