Chapter 6. LVM Configuration Examples

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This chapter provides some basic LVM configuration examples.

6.1. Creating an LVM Logical Volume on Three Disks

This example creates an LVM logical volume called new_logical_volume that consists of the disks at /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb1, and /dev/sdc1.

6.1.1. Creating the Physical Volumes

To use disks in a volume group, you label them as LVM physical volumes.


This command destroys any data on /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb1, and /dev/sdc1.
# pvcreate /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1
  Physical volume "/dev/sda1" successfully created
  Physical volume "/dev/sdb1" successfully created
  Physical volume "/dev/sdc1" successfully created

6.1.2. Creating the Volume Group

The following command creates the volume group new_vol_group.
# vgcreate new_vol_group /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1
  Volume group "new_vol_group" successfully created
You can use the vgs command to display the attributes of the new volume group.
# vgs
  VG            #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize  VFree
  new_vol_group   3   0   0 wz--n- 51.45G 51.45G

6.1.3. Creating the Logical Volume

The following command creates the logical volume new_logical_volume from the volume group new_vol_group. This example creates a logical volume that uses 2GB of the volume group.
# lvcreate -L2G -n new_logical_volume new_vol_group
  Logical volume "new_logical_volume" created

6.1.4. Creating the File System

The following command creates a GFS2 file system on the logical volume.
# mkfs.gfs2 -plock_nolock -j 1 /dev/new_vol_group/new_logical_volume
This will destroy any data on /dev/new_vol_group/new_logical_volume.

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Device:                    /dev/new_vol_group/new_logical_volume
Blocksize:                 4096
Filesystem Size:           491460
Journals:                  1
Resource Groups:           8
Locking Protocol:          lock_nolock
Lock Table:

All Done
The following commands mount the logical volume and report the file system disk space usage.
# mount /dev/new_vol_group/new_logical_volume /mnt
[root@tng3-1 ~]# df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
                       1965840        20   1965820   1% /mnt
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