Today as I booted into my openSUSE box, for reasons unknown to me, my LVM partitions failed to mount. fsck didn’t help, and and LVM based container system meant that I couldn’t use the standard mount /dev/sdxx style of mounting as well. With my /home and / configured as a LVM, the root (/) partition was active, but the /home partition was not being mounted, as a result, X and KDM wouldn’t start, giving a console login. After a bit of digging around the man files, I found thw lvm manfile and started experimenting(remember, no net access too!) and found out how to mount the LVM’d partitions.
The below set of commands require root privileges so switch over root using
Next, list out all your partitions, type
linux:/ # lvmdiskscan
You will get a list of something like this
File descriptor 3 left open
File descriptor 4 left open
/dev/dm-0 [ 9.67 GB] /dev/sda1 [ 78.41 MB] /dev/dm-1 [ 6.44 GB] /dev/sda2 [ 115.52 GB] /dev/dm-2 [ 2.00 GB] /dev/sda3 [ 18.11 GB] LVM physical volume /dev/sda5 [ 15.33 GB]
Make a note of
/dev/dm-x, those are the devices which correspond to the LVM partitions. Also do note the sizes.
to show a detailed list of all logical volumes available.
lvdisplay | more LV Name /dev/system/home VG Name system LV UUID 1QP9XM-vlKi-umNO-CXvV-TnZN-RCLk-e1FDIr LV Write Access read/write LV Status available # open 1 LV Size 9.67 GB Current LE 2475 Segments 1 Allocation inherit Read ahead sectors auto - currently set to 256 Block device 253:0 Logical volume LV Name /dev/system/root VG Name system LV UUID D1fKUJ-uU1C-jlVB-4imh-rrgy-FQu0-TC2Ssm LV Write Access read/write LV Status available # open 1 LV Size 6.44 GB Current LE 1649 Segments 1 Allocation inherit Read ahead sectors auto currently set to 256 Block device 253:1 Logical volume; LV Name /dev/system/swap VG Name system LV UUID w5LqIb-xvcr-Xsbk-y3wg-lT3i-LqdN-GFK8Mi LV Write Access read/write LV Status available \# open 0 LV Size 2.00 GB Current LE 512 Segments 1 Allocation inherit Read ahead sectors auto currently set to 256 Block device 253:2
Now from the above set of data we can deduce that my
/home partition, of size 9.67 GB is available as LV group
Now that we know where the partition is available, we can proceed with the mounting using the mount command, as
mount /dev/dm-0 /home
And there you go, your LV partition is mounted!