[linux-lvm] removing LVM remotely

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at starnetworks.us
Fri Oct 14 06:30:17 UTC 2005

Tom wrote:

> I have had a server set up with centos4 and the person who installed 
> didn't follow my instructions, I wanted the partitioning set up without 
> LVM and he used LVM, is there any way I can remove it and setup with 
> normal partitoning remotely? (the server is in another country) i.e. 
> /dev/hda1 hda2 hda3 etc.

If the root filesystem is on an LV, then removing all traces of LVM will 
be non-trivial, even if you have access to the system. Remotely it will 
be quite difficult, and will require someone rebooting the machine using 
a live CD of some sort that you can use to manipulate the system. You 
will also need adequate spare disk space to move things around without 
losing them.

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