[linux-lvm] Installation fails if VG is exported
Stuart D. Gathman
stuart at bmsi.com
Tue Jun 7 15:38:33 UTC 2011
On Tue, 7 Jun 2011, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:
>>> Exporting the VG is *supposed* to prevent activation. You can reverse
>>> this with vgimport. Why did you wish to prevent activation? Normally,
>>> vgexport is used prior to physically removing a VG from the system. (And
>>> then vgimport after attaching the drives to the new system.)
>> Well, I just want to keep my data intact while i'm playing with the
>> installation. I understand that @ this point it's just easier to pull
>> the power on the HDs with the VG in question. But i'm curious why this
>> is a problem...
> It isn't a problem, unless you expect the VG to be available at boot time,
> which apparently you do. Do you have a root FS on the VG?
I get it - you wanted to prevent your OS experimentation from activating and
possibly writing over your VG. I can understand why vgexport seemed like
a solution, but it only prevents activation and removes references from
local LVM configuration (and prevents booting when that depends on the VG as
It doesn't prevent a rogue/buggy OS from scribbling on the disks. So,
physically disconnecting (or powering off) the disks is the best way
to prevent that.
Stuart D. Gathman <stuart at bmsi.com>
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