[linux-lvm] recover lost VG (VG data differs between PVs)

Jelle Herold wires at defekt.nl
Mon Nov 15 01:27:10 UTC 2004

On Sun, Nov 14, 2004 at 11:21:26PM +0000, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:
> >  VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde and /dev/hdf3
> >  Volume group "datavg" doesn't exist
> So hde should be in the VG at the moment, but not hdf3?


> Add a filter to lvm.conf so lvm only looks at hde.  Run
> vgscan and see check if things look OK eg vgcfgbackup and
> read the text backup file.  If things *are* OK like that,
> then pvremove hdf3, remove the filter & vgscan.

OK, I shall try that tomorrow. But a quick look at
vgdisplay -P -v shows:

 VG data differs between PVs /dev/hde and /dev/hdf3
 Partial mode. Incomplete volume groups will be activated read-only.
    Finding all volume groups
    Finding volume group "datavg"
  --- Volume group ---
  VG Name               datavg
  System ID             trigger1078793806
  Format                lvm1
  VG Access             read
  VG Status             resizable
  MAX LV                256
  Cur LV                1
  Open LV               0
  Max PV                256
  Cur PV                3
  Act PV                3
  VG Size               284.09 GB
  PE Size               32.00 MB
  Total PE              9091
  Alloc PE / Size       9091 / 284.09 GB
  Free  PE / Size       0 / 0   
  VG UUID               f49snm-PqWg-hfnp-Ms2k-dgyC-M72S-YqScuJ
  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/datavg/datalv
  VG Name                datavg
  LV UUID                000000-0000-0000-0000-0000-0000-000000
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              NOT available
  LV Size                284.09 GB
  Current LE             9091
  Segments               3
  Allocation             normal
  Read ahead sectors     1024
  --- Physical volumes ---
  PV Name               /dev/hde     
  PV UUID               ifxE7h-Z1c6-9mox-VYz5-XTFy-aBw2-vAkdk4
  PV Status             allocatable
  Total PE / Free PE    1831 / 0
  PV Name               /dev/hdg3     
  PV UUID               3AnIvc-DdzR-JqtO-hYkV-3vqw-4Qm0-FBKsCS
  PV Status             allocatable
  Total PE / Free PE    3580 / 0
  PV Name               /dev/hdh     
  PV UUID               oxjwHR-Cm3S-d0GZ-5LJy-xqa7-X4X6-RAzX02
  PV Status             allocatable
  Total PE / Free PE    3680 / 0

All PVs that should be in the VG are there (hdf3 was the one
I added (and removed again) later to move hde to).

So, *this* output looks OK to me as far as the PVs are
concerned, but I shall have a look at the text backup file
as you suggested. 

thanks for the help

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