[linux-lvm] LVM mysteriously dissapeared

Alain Kelder alaink at stanford.edu
Thu Dec 11 06:08:09 UTC 2008


Been using LVM for a while and absolutely love it, but today ran into an
"interesting" problem.

One of the DomU's on my Xen server was displaying unusual behavior so I
rebooted it. It failed to start back up. Furthermore, xend was no longer
running on Dom0, but started up after "/etc/init.d/xend start", then
consoled into the failed DomU only to find that it's unable to boot
because it can't access its / fs. 

My DomU filesystems are logical volumes on Dom0 but LVM on Dom0 has gone
        bfs:~# lvdisplay 
          No volume groups found
        bfs:~# vgdisplay 
          No volume groups found
        bfs:~# pvdisplay 

The server has four disks.  Two small ones are RAID1 (/dev/md0) and
contain the / fs of the Xen host. Two big disks are also RAID1
(/dev/md1) and contained a single partition which was allocated as a PV
to LVM. RAID volumes are healthy according to /cat/proc/mdstat and
mdadm, however fdisk claims there isn't a valid partition table
on /dev/md1 or /dev/md0. Is it correct to say that might be the root

In /etc/lvm/backup and /etc/lvm/archive I have info about my LVM setup,
with the latest being from two months ago which was the last time I
created an LV (may I just say that keeping this info is just genius on
part LVM creators?).

All the VMs are running, but are very slow. I've backed up some of the
more critical data, but would really hate to loose them all. Any
suggestions on how to move forward with this investigation and hopefully

thanks much in advance,

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