[Mageia-dev] time to switch from raw partitions to lvm?

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 24 14:28:48 CET 2011

2011/2/24 Frank Griffin <ftg at roadrunner.com>:
> Wolfgang Bornath wrote:
>> Now with LVM, what do I do?
> Pretty much exactly the same, if that's what you want.  LVM is just a
> layer of indirection that you place on top of *only* those partitions
> you want LVM to control.  It lets you create multiple "virtual"
> partitions each of which includes one or more physical partitions.  In
> the minimal case, you can partition exactly as you would without LVM,
> but make each of the Mageia partitions an LV formatted as ext4 (or
> whatever) rather than a physical ext4.
> The difference is that later on if you need to expand one of these 1-1
> LVM partitions, all you do is create another physical partition
> *somewhere* - either on that physical disk or another you add - and tell
> LVM to make that new physical partition part of the LV you want to
> expand.  The original physical partition on which you based the LVM
> stays exactly where it is without change, and the Logical Volume just
> magically increases in size by the size of the new physical partition
> you added.
> Using LVM for some or all of Mageia has no effect on your ability to use
> standard partitioning for other partitions on these disks.

Thx for the explanation. I'll save that (with some extensions) for
reference to forward to users if Mageia really switches to LVM as


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