[linux-lvm] Is it considered safe to resize a mounted partition (root filesystem) with lvextend

Kevin Wilson wkevils at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 07:12:58 UTC 2016


Is it safe to extend a mounted partition ?
For example,
lvextend --size +9G --resizefs /dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition

/dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition is mounted ?

I cannot simply unmount that partition as it is the root filesystem
"/" is hosted on it. I can reboot to a second partition as this
is a dual boot machine, and from there run that lvextend, as
/dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition is not mounted there. But I
prefer doing it without boot if it is considered safe
to perform this on a booted partition.

If I try it I get:
"on-line resizing required" message, which I am not sure what it means.
and "df -h" show that the partition was indeed increased by 20GB.

lvextend --size +20G --resizefs /dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition
  Extending logical volume lv_ubuntu to 34.00 GiB
  Logical volume lv_ubuntu successfully resized
resize2fs 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014)
Filesystem at /dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition is mounted on
/; on-line resizing required
old_desc_blocks = 1, new_desc_blocks = 3
The filesystem on /dev/mapper/vg_paeiserver5-lv_my_partition is now
8912896 blocks long.


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