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Manage Partitions

Logical Volume Manager (LVM)

An alternative method to manage partitions that give more flexibility in allocating storage on a system Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
Instead of /dev/sda, Logical volumes can be identified by: Descriptive names (such as research or marketing)
While the logical volumes are still mounted and running you can: Resize and move
Command to initialize a physical volume for later use by the LVM pvcreate
Example: Create a PHYSICAL volume on the second hard disk pvcreate /dev/sdb
Scan all disks for PHYSICAL volumes and display the results (and their associated groups) pvscan
Display a PHYSICAL volume that gives name, pv size etc pvdisplay
Create a new VOLUME group vgcreate
Adds one or more initialized physical volumes to an EXISTING volume group to extend its size vgextend
Example: Add the third hard disk (physical volume) to a volume group named "Sales" vgextend Sales /dev/sdc
Display created volume groups vgdisplay
Create a new LOGICAL volume in a volume group lvcreate
Specify the logical volume size lvcreate -L
Specify the logical volume name lvcreate -n
Example: Create a 3 Terabyte logical volume, named "figures" on the "sales" volume group lvcreate -L 2T -n figures sales
Scans all volume groups or supported LVM block devices in the system for logical volumes and display the results lvscan
Extends the size of a volume group lvextend
lvextend Options: Specify the new size of the volume lvextend -L +size
Example: Extend the data logical volume to 30 Gigabytes lvextend -L 30G data - (without the -L option the volume will increase by the amount of free space on the physical volume)
lvextend Options: specify which logical volume to extend lvextend {logicalvolume}
Example: Extend the Sales logical volume to all the free space on the physical volume /dev/sdd lvextend Sales /dev/sdd
lvextend Options: Specify the physical volume to use fr the extension lvextend {physicalvolume}
Created by: johnadream