[linux-lvm] LVM label lost / system does not boot

Andreas Schild andreas at soulboarder.net
Tue Jun 7 08:54:46 UTC 2011

Thanks to a link from Ger (and a lot of googling) I am a couple of steps
I was able to recover the Volume Group Configuration and use it to do a
"vgcfgrestore", which worked (!)
next was a vgchange:
vgchange -a y
  device-mapper: resume ioctl failed: Invalid argument
  Unable to resume cmain-data (252:4)
  5 logical volume(s) in volume group "cmain" now active

dmesg showed:
device-mapper: table: 252:4: md0 too small for target: start=2390753664,
len=527835136, dev_size=2918584320

I tried to mount the other volumes, but this did not work either: classical
"specify file system type" (xfs for me) and then the error about bad
superblock etc. xfs_check did not help either.

I went one step back and looked at the superblocks of the two old harddisks
(which are not longer part of the array). I realized one difference: The
Chunk Size for the "old" RAID array was 64K, for the new array this is 512K.

Could this be a reason lvm is off and looks at the wrong place?

Current situation is this: 2 old disks and 2 new disks constitute a clean(?)
RAID 5 array with chunk size 512K with the problems described.
I do have the two old drives, but the file system content has changed during
the step up. My guess is I cannot just hook together everything as it was
and be happy. (I would probably have to zero the superblocks of the two old
HDs (the ones that were in the new array) but would probably end up with the
same problems).

Any ideas? or is this the point where I am in the wrong mailing list?

Thanks so far, I already learned a lot.

On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 14:47, Andreas Schild <andreas at soulboarder.net>wrote:

> Hi
> The first part might sound like I am in the wrong group, but bear with
> me...
> (I probably am, but I googled up and down RAID and LVM lists and I am still
>  stuck):
> I have a software RAID 5 with 4 disks and LVM on top. I had one volume
> group with two logical volumes (for root and data).
> I wanted to upgrade capacity and started by failing a drive, replacing it
> with a bigger one and let the RAID resync. Worked fine for the first disk.
> The second disk apparently worked (resynced, all looked good), but after a
> reboot the system hung.
> After some back and forth with superblocks (on the devices, never on the
> array) I was able to re-assemble the array clean.
> The system still does not reboot though: "Volume group "cmain" not found".
> I booted a live cd, assembled the array and did a pvck on the array
> (/dev/md0):
> "Could not find LVM label on /dev/md0"
> pvdisplay /dev/md0 results in:
>   No physical volume label read from /dev/md0
>   Failed to read physical volume "/dev/md0"
> I do not have a backup of my /etc/ and therefore no details regarding the
> configuration of the LVM setup (yes, I know...)
> All I have of the broken system is the /boot partition with its content
> Several questions arise:
> - Is it possible to "reconstitute" the LVM with what I have?
> - Is the RAID array really ok, or is it possibly corrupt to begin with (and
> the reason no LVM labels are around)?
> - Should I try to reconstruct with pvcreate/vgcreate? (I shied away from
> any *create commands to not make things worse.)
> - If all is lost, what did I do wrong and what would I need to backup for a
> next time?
> Any ideas on how I could get the data back would greatly be appreciated. I
> am in way over my head, so if somebody knowledgeable tells me: "you lost,
> move on" would be bad, but at least would save me some time...
> Thanks,
> Andreas
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