[linux-lvm] vgchange doesn't enable found VGs

Alasdair G Kergon agk at redhat.com
Fri Feb 27 21:26:57 UTC 2009

You wrote:
  my root filesystem (/) is read-only.  

That's what I was reacting to.
With a read-only root, if /etc/lvm/cache/ is being used and is
wrong it will be unable to correct itself.
You must either make the cache file writeable or delete it.

vgchange -ay
vgchange -ay XXX

behave differently.
The first activates all VGs it sees, respecting the cache file
if it exists.
But with the second, if after doing that (and unless trustcache is set) it
can't find XXX, it considers the cache file might be wrong and tries again
without it, updating it afterwards iff write_cache_file is set.

Whether or not to preserve that file across boot depends on your system,
but typically vgscan will be run each time to regenerate it.

agk at redhat.com

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