[linux-lvm] lvm and renaming of drives

AJ Lewis alewis at redhat.com
Fri Jul 9 13:34:25 UTC 2004

On Thu, Jul 08, 2004 at 10:54:46AM -0400, Erik Ohrnberger wrote:
> > very brief characteristics:
> >   large fileserver
> >   RHEL v3 AS (2.4.21-based kernel)
> >
> > I have a large RAID device on an external SCSI chain.  Currently the 2
> > drives I've carved out of this device are /dev/sdj and /dev/sdk.
> > Whenever I add a new drive to the internal SCSI chain on the machine the
> > external devices drive letters increment (1 new internal -> /dev/sdk and
> > /dev/sdl).  My question is, if I make /dev/sdk a physical volume what
> > happens when I add a new internal drive?  Will LVM recognize that
> > /dev/sdk is now /dev/sdl and activate the volume group/logical volumes
> > without any problem?  I assume this isn't a problem with DM and 2.6, but
> > I'm not there yet.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Tim
> >
> >
> > --
> <snip>
> IMHO: I think you should do an volumn group export, add the drive, and
> then a volumn group import.  I think that this is needed to make sure that
> the LVM service finds the volume set again, after the device letters are
> bumped.

Actually, it is not necessary to do a vgexport.  You just need to run vgscan
when the drive letters change.

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