[linux-lvm] Does pv failure effect whole vg?

Stuart D. Gathman stuart at bmsi.com
Wed Jun 20 21:36:23 UTC 2007

On Wed, 20 Jun 2007, Richard van den Berg wrote:

> To answer my own question: when a pv is not available at boot time, the
> vg using that pv does not come up. So splitting vgs makes sense when you
> want to minimize the impact of one disk failure.

Hmmm.  On AIX LVM, vgs still boot when physical volumes fail, provided
there is a "quorum".  The metadata is redundantly stored on all PVs,
so a "quorum" means that more than half of the metadata copies
are available and at the same version.

I think Linux LVM stores only metadata for that PV on a PV, but there
is a backup in /etc/lvm.

If the system truly won't boot with a failed disk, that kind of adds another
reason why current LVM mirroring support is useless.

If you build your VG on raid (md devices or hardware), you solve 
the problem for now.

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