[linux-lvm] LVM VG is not activated during system boot

Daniel Savard daniel.savard at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 16:15:49 UTC 2014

What are your kernel boot options? Do you specify the VGs you wish to
be activated at boot time there?

I have one entry like this one for each VG: rd.lvm.vg=vgname
Daniel Savard

2014-11-25 10:54 GMT-05:00 MegaBrutal <megabrutal at gmail.com>:
> 2014-11-25 15:33 GMT+01:00 Peter Rajnoha <prajnoha at redhat.com>:
>> On 11/25/2014 03:19 PM, MegaBrutal wrote:
>>> 2014-11-25 9:01 GMT+01:00 Peter Rajnoha <prajnoha at redhat.com
>>> <mailto:prajnoha at redhat.com>>:
>>>     What's the exact lvm2 version used (lvm --version)?
>>> root at vmhost:~# lvm version
>>>   LVM version:     2.02.98(2) (2012-10-15)
>>>   Library version: 1.02.77 (2012-10-15)
>>>   Driver version:  4.27.0
>>>     Is lvmetad enabled in your setup? (global/use_lvmetad=1 setting
>>>     in lvm.conf and lvmetad daemon running?)
>>>     use_lvmetad = 0
>>> No such daemon is running.
>> This means that LV autoactivation is not enabled in that case too
>> (as it depends on lvmetad to be active) and there must a direct
>> call for the activation (vgchange/lvchange -ay/-aay)
>> However, most distributions do not use lvmetad in initrd anyway
>> (the only I know of at the moment is Arch Linux). As such, I think
>> this is a problem with distribution's initrd that is not waiting
>> properly for all PVs to show up and it calls LV activation prematurely.
>> I'd report your issue to your distribution's initrd component as each
>> distribution uses its own initrd scheme (I could help you with Fedora's
>> dracut initrd, but I don't see into Debian's/Ubuntu initrd scheme).
>>>     Does it activate when you run vgchange -aay vmdata-vg vmhost-vg
>>>     directly on the busybox cmd line?
>>> The exact command I used to use in the BusyBox prompt is
>>> lvm vgchange -ay vmhost-vg
>>> Or, if I remember correctly, it activates simply by
>>> lvm vgchange -ay
>>> as well.
>>> Then I exit the BusyBox prompt, and the boot process continues correctly.
>>> My root FS is in vmhost-vg, and I have no idea why it doesn't come up
>>> automatically.
>> Yeah, it all points to premature vgchange call in initrd's script.
>> Please, report this in your distribution's bug tracking system if
>> possible.
> Thanks for the advice!
> I opened a Launchpad report here:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1396213
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