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remove usb disk from LVM

July 29th, 2015

On some servers, USB stick may become part of the LVM volume group. The usb is more prone to fail, which will cause big issues when they start. Also they work at a different speed than the drives, and this also causes performance issues.

For example, on one server, you can see below:

[root@test ~]# vgs
  VG      #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize VFree
  DomUVol   2   1   0 wz--n- 3.77T    0

[root@test~]# pvs
  PV         VG      Fmt  Attr PSize PFree
  /dev/sdb1  DomUVol lvm2 a--  3.76T    0 #all PE allocated
  /dev/sdc1  DomUVol lvm2 a--  3.59G    0 #this is usb device

[root@test~]# lvs
  LV      VG      Attr   LSize Origin Snap%  Move Log Copy%  Convert
  scratch DomUVol -wi-ao 3.77T

[root@test ~]# df -h /scratch
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/DomUVol-scratch
                      3.7T  257G  3.3T   8% /scratch

[root@test~]# pvdisplay /dev/sdc1
  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdc1
  VG Name               DomUVol
  PV Size               3.61 GB / not usable 14.61 MB
  Allocatable           yes (but full)
  PE Size (KByte)       32768
  Total PE              115
  Free PE               0
  Allocated PE          115 #so physical extents are allocated on this usb device
  PV UUID               a8a0P5-AlCz-Cu5e-acC2-ldEQ-NPCn-kc4Du0

As you can see from above, as the USB device has PE allocated, so to remove that(pvreduce), we need first move PE from it to other PV. We can see the other PV has all space allocated(can also confirm from vgs above):

[root@test~]# pvdisplay /dev/sdb1
  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdb1
  VG Name               DomUVol
  PV Size               3.76 TB / not usable 30.22 MB
  Allocatable           yes (but full)
  PE Size (KByte)       32768
  Total PE              123360
  Free PE               0
  Allocated PE          123360
  PV UUID               5IyCgh-JsiV-EnpO-XKj4-yxNq-pRjI-d7LKGy

Here are the steps for taking usb device out of VG:

umount /scratch
#fsck -y /dev/mapper/DomUVol-scratch
lvreduce --size -5G /dev/mapper/DomUVol-scratch
resize2fs /dev/mapper/DomUVol-scratch

[root@test ~]# vgs
  VG      #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize VFree
  DomUVol   2   1   0 wz--n- 3.77T 5.00G

[root@test ~]# pvs
  PV         VG      Fmt  Attr PSize PFree
  /dev/sdb1  DomUVol lvm2 a--  3.76T 1.41G
  /dev/sdc1  DomUVol lvm2 a--  3.59G 3.59G #PEs on the usb device are all freed, if not, use pvmove /dev/sdc1. More info is here about pvmove

[root@test ~]# pvdisplay /dev/sdc1
  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdc1
  VG Name               DomUVol
  PV Size               3.61 GB / not usable 14.61 MB
  Allocatable           yes
  PE Size (KByte)       32768
  Total PE              115
  Free PE               115
  Allocated PE          0
  PV UUID               a8a0P5-AlCz-Cu5e-acC2-ldEQ-NPCn-kc4Du0

[root@test ~]# vgreduce DomUVol /dev/sdc1
  Removed "/dev/sdc1" from volume group "DomUVol"

[root@test ~]# pvs
  PV         VG      Fmt  Attr PSize PFree
  /dev/sdb1  DomUVol lvm2 a--  3.76T 1.41G
  /dev/sdc1          lvm2 a--  3.61G 3.61G #VG column is empty for the usb device, this confirms the usb device is taken out of VG. You can run pvremove /dev/sdc1 to remove the pv.

PS:

  1. If you want to shrink lvm volume(lvreduce) on /, then you'll need go to linux rescue mode. Select "Skip" when the system prompts for the option of mounting / to /mnt/sysimage. Run "lvm vgchange -a y" first and then the other steps are more or less the same as above, but you'll need type "lvm" before any lvm command, such as "lvm lvs", "lvm pvs", "lvm lvreduce" etc.
  2. You can refer to this article about using vgcfgrestore to restore vg config from /etc/lvm/archive/.
Good Luck!


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