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Re: [linux-lvm] Rebuilding ext4 filesystem on an LV

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Stuart D. Gathman <stuart bmsi com> wrote:
On Mon, 5 Jul 2010, Ken Bass wrote:

> But what bothers me is this message I get when I run e2fsck (which runs
> fsck.ext4):
> "e2fsck: Invalid argument while trying to open
> /dev/mapper/VolGroupX-LogVolX"
> Why am I getting that?

Not an expert, just a user, but I suspect that the ioerr is because the
metadata for that LV is still pointing to the missing PV.  (I know you replaced
it, but that doesn't update the LV.)  I also noticed that the lvdisplay
you posted says LogVolX belongs to VolGroupW, not VolGroupX.  Perhaps you
sanitized the names and that is a typo - otherwise, there is something screwy.

Yes, I guess my sanitizing wasn't 100% sterile :-(.
I suspect recovering the remaining data will require skipping the (huge)
chuck of LV that was on the missing PV.  Or maybe the experts here
will recommend editing the metadata to move the extent from the missing
PV to the new PV. 

That is what I am really trying to do. As I said early on, I was hoping to find a backup superblock on the remaining part of the LV that might help restore some of the data.. I have also looked at the metadata files, and was wondering if I could manually rearrange the PVs. Any expert opinion on that?

FWIW: I found some utilities that supposedly will scan a drive with an ext2/3 filesystem and recover files from it - although it only runs on windows. It's free, so maybe worth a try.

thx to all for the help.


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