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Lab 16.1 : logical volume based on 2 partitions of a single loop device is no mounted on boot



 I completed the Lab 16.1 with a setup based on a loop device with 2 partitions. The volume group is created from /dev/loop1p1 /dev/loop1p2 and everything is working.

 However I dont know how to do it persists between boots.

 My guess is that fstab is trying to mount the logical volume but the 2 loop-partitions are not available. I suspect that losetup should be run at some point during boot before /etc/fstab enters into play.

 Could you help me (or point me in the right direction) to make the logical volume persists between boots. I know that this is not a typical setup, but I want to understand if this path is possible or not and what is the reason.

Thanks in advance

These are the commands I followed

#create loop device and partitions
dd if=/dev/zero of=/imagefile2 bs=1M count=1024
fdisk /imagefile2
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/imagefile2p1 2048 514047 256000 8e Linux LVM
/imagefile2p2 514048 1026047 256000 8e Linux LVM

#setup loop device
losetup --show --partscan --find /imagefile2
> /dev/loop1

#Now create the physical volumes
pvcreate /dev/loop1p1
pvcreate /dev/loop1p2

#create virtual groups
vgcreate myvg /dev/loop1p1 /dev/loop1p2

#create logical volumes. Ex 300Mb
lvcreate -L 300M -n mylvm myvg

#partition the logical volume
mkfs.ext4 /dev/myvg/mylvm

echo "/dev/myvg/mylvm /mnt/mylvm ext4 defaults 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
mkdir -p /mnt/mylvm
mount -a


  • luisviveropena
    luisviveropena Posts: 1,163
    edited October 2016


    You may try to add the loop device to /etc/fstab, and it should work after a restart. But I'm not sure if it's going to be ready to be part of a LVM group. But you can try :)



  • gsusmonzon

    Thanks Luis. No luck.

    I tried to mount the loop device in fstab but it failed. The problem is that the loop device has not filesystem itself, but it is made of 2 partitions of type 8e. So the following fails

    /imagefile2    /mnt/tempdir2  ext4    loop,rw            1 2

    /dev/myvg/mylvm /mnt/mylvm ext4 defaults 0 2

    I guess that the solucion is in executing

    losetup --show --partscan --find /imagefile2

    during boot (and before /etc/fstab starts mounting the partitions or at least before the logical volume is mounted).

    I dont know if it is possble, and I lack the knowledge of the booting process for doing this.

    Another option would be mounting it via a systemd that executes the losetup, but it looks a bit hacky.

    I think it is enough for an scenario that does not reflect a real use case. In a real world I would have 2 real disks.




  • luisviveropena

    Yeah, you may need to create a service, so you can get the device ready at the right time. If you have time you can play with it. If not, a better possibility is to resize the hard disk, so you can have enough space to create a couple of partitions.




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