[linux-lvm] Disk Partitioning tools, GUI preferably- best for LVM Logical Volume Management ; jor

Stuart D. Gathman stuart at bmsi.com
Mon Jul 26 12:16:54 UTC 2010

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Bryn M. Reeves wrote:

> On 07/24/2010 04:28 AM, giovanni_re wrote:
> > So, I've got that big LV 4th partition, with empty space (2TB drive),
> > and now I want to create some more linux partitions so I can install
> > some other distros.
> If you want VMs then partitioning an LV makes sense. You present the
> entire LV as a virtual disk to the guest and the emulated devices appear
> to that OS as a regular partitioned disk. This is a very common technique.

Using Xen modified OSes, you don't need to partition the LVs.  The 
xen storage driver presents each mapped block device as a virtual

> If you want to boot these directly on the hardware however you might
> want to reconsider your approach. Partitioned LVs are not supported
> out-of-the box by any distro that I know of. I think you would need to
> mess around with custom boot scripts to get the system to boot properly
> and you'll probably need to do some special tricks to get a standard
> distro installer to install onto these partitioned LVs. You would also
> need to figure out a way of sharing a /boot partition (on the physical
> disk) between all the installed distributions to avoid conflicts since
> PC BIOS boot support does not handle LVM devices.

Booting multiple LVM supporting OSes works fine with LVM.  Have a LV for the
root filesystem of each Linux OS, and have them all on the Grub menu.
Make the /boot partition extra large.  I do this with every laptop
and desktop as SOP.  Make Fedora upgrades much less fearful.

If necessary, you can boot non LVM OSes installed in a DOS partition
via a chain menu entry in grub.  (e.g. boot Windows)

> If this is your goal then you might find it easier to allocate a single
> LV to each new installation and use that directly. With a bit of fancy
> footwork in grub (and as long as each distro supports installation to an
> existing LVM2 volume group) I think this should work and would be easier
> and simpler to set up.

If every distro sticks to reasonable naming conventions in /boot (so
that they don't step on each others kernels), then it all works fine.

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