Chapter 3. Managing LVM volume groups
A volume group (VG) is a collection of physical volumes (PVs), which creates a pool of disk space out of which logical volumes (LVs) can be allocated.
Within a volume group, the disk space available for allocation is divided into units of a fixed-size called extents. An extent is the smallest unit of space that can be allocated. Within a physical volume, extents are referred to as physical extents.
A logical volume is allocated into logical extents of the same size as the physical extents. The extent size is thus the same for all logical volumes in the volume group. The volume group maps the logical extents to physical extents.
3.1. Creating LVM volume group
This procedure describes how to create an LVM volume group (VG) myvg, by using the /dev/vdb1 and /dev/vdb2 physical volumes.
lvm2package is installed.
- One or more physical volumes are created. For more information on creating physical volumes, see Creating LVM physical volume.
Create a volume group:
# vgcreate myvg /dev/vdb1 /dev/vdb2 Volume group "myvg" successfully created.
This creates a VG with the name of myvg. The PVs /dev/vdb1 and /dev/vdb2 are the base storage level for the myvg VG .
View the created volume groups by using any one of the following commands as per your requirement:
vgscommand provides volume group information in a configurable form, displaying one line per volume groups:
# vgs VG #PV #LV #SN Attr VSize VFree myvg 4 1 0 wz--n- 3.98g 1008.00m
vgdisplaycommand displays volume group properties such as size, extents, number of physical volumes, and other options in a fixed form. The following example shows the output of the
vgdisplaycommand for the volume group myvg. If you do not specify a volume group, all existing volume groups are displayed:
# vgdisplay myvg _ --- Volume group --- VG Name _myvg System ID Format lvm2 Metadata Areas 4 Metadata Sequence No 6 VG Access read/write [..]
vgscancommand scans all supported LVM block devices in the system for volume group:
# vgscan Found volume group "myvg" using metadata type lvm2
Optional: Increase a volume group’s capacity by adding one or more free physical volumes:
# vgextend myvg /dev/vdb3 Physical volume "/dev/vdb3" successfully created. Volume group "myvg" successfully extended
3.2. Combining LVM volume groups
To combine two volume groups into a single volume group, use the
vgmerge command. You can merge an inactive "source" volume with an active or an inactive "destination" volume if the physical extent sizes of the volume are equal and the physical and logical volume summaries of both volume groups fit into the destination volume groups limits.
Merge the inactive volume group databases into the active or inactive volume group myvg giving verbose runtime information:
# vgmerge -v myvg databases
3.3. Removing physical volumes from a volume group
To remove unused physical volumes from a volume group, use the
vgreduce command. The
vgreduce command shrinks a volume group’s capacity by removing one or more empty physical volumes. This frees those physical volumes to be used in different volume groups or to be removed from the system.
If the physical volume is still being used, migrate the data to another physical volume from the same volume group :
# pvmove /dev/vdb3 /dev/vdb3: Moved: 2.0% ... /dev/vdb3: Moved: 79.2% ... /dev/vdb3: Moved: 100.0%
If there are no enough free extents on the other physical volumes in the existing volume group:
Create a new physical volume from /dev/vdb4:
# pvcreate /dev/vdb4 Physical volume "/dev/vdb4" successfully created
Add the newly created physical volume to the myvg volume group:
# vgextend myvg /dev/vdb4 Volume group "myvg" successfully extended
Move the data from /dev/vdb3 to /dev/vdb4:
# pvmove /dev/vdb3 /dev/vdb4 /dev/vdb3: Moved: 33.33% /dev/vdb3: Moved: 100.00%
Remove the physical volume /dev/vdb3 from the volume group:
# vgreduce myvg /dev/vdb3 Removed "/dev/vdb3" from volume group "myvg"
Verify if the /dev/vdb3 physical volume is removed from the myvg volume group:
# pvs PV VG Fmt Attr PSize PFree Used /dev/vdb1 myvg lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 0 1020.00m /dev/vdb2 myvg lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 0 1020.00m /dev/vdb3 lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 1008.00m 12.00m
3.4. Splitting a LVM volume group
This procedure describes how to split the existing volume group. If there is enough unused space on the physical volumes, a new volume group can be created without adding new disks.
In the initial setup, the volume group myvg consists of /dev/vdb1, /dev/vdb2, and /dev/vdb3. After completing this procedure, the volume group myvg will consist of /dev/vdb1 and /dev/vdb2, and the second volume group, yourvg, will consist of /dev/vdb3.
You have sufficient space in the volume group. Use the
vgscancommand to determine how much free space is currently available in the volume group.
Depending on the free capacity in the existing physical volume, move all the used physical extents to other physical volume using the
pvmovecommand. For more information, see Removing physical volumes from a volume group.
Split the existing volume group myvg to the new volume group yourvg:
# vgsplit myvg yourvg /dev/vdb3 Volume group "yourvg" successfully split from "myvg"Note
If you have created a logical volume using the existing volume group, use the following command to deactivate the logical volume:
# lvchange -a n /dev/myvg/mylv
For more information on creating logical volumes, see Managing LVM logical volumes.
View the attributes of the two volume group:
# vgs VG #PV #LV #SN Attr VSize VFree myvg 2 1 0 wz--n- 34.30G 10.80G yourvg 1 0 0 wz--n- 17.15G 17.15G
Verify if the newly created volume group yourvg consists of /dev/vdb3 physical volume:
# pvs PV VG Fmt Attr PSize PFree Used /dev/vdb1 myvg lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 0 1020.00m /dev/vdb2 myvg lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 0 1020.00m /dev/vdb3 yourvg lvm2 a-- 1020.00m 1008.00m 12.00m
3.5. Renaming LVM volume groups
This procedure renames an existing volume group myvg to myvg1.
Deactivate the volume group. If it is a clustered volume group, deactivate the volume group on all nodes where it is active by using the following command on each such node:
# vgchange --activate n myvg
Rename an existing volume group:
# vgrename myvg myvg1 Volume group "myvg" successfully renamed to "myvg1"
You can also rename the volume group by specifying the full paths to the devices:
# vgrename /dev/myvg /dev/myvg1