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PV = physical volume
VG = volume group
LV = logical volume

LV's are inside VG's made of PV's, themselves made of LVM partitions.

LVM partitions don't need to be formatted in any way. That's the LV that will be formatted.

| LV01 | LV02 | LV03 |
| VG01 |     VG02    |
| PV01 | PV02 | PV03 |
| sdb1 | sdc1 | sdc2 |

Create LVM partitions:

  • fdisk /dev/sdb
  • create new partition /dev/sdb1
  • change partition type to 8e (LVM)

Create PV:

pvcreate /dev/sdb1

Extend existing VG or create a new one:

vgextend volumegroup01 /dev/sdb1


vgcreate volumegroup02 /dev/sdb1

Create a new LV of 1GB inside existing VG and another LV using the rest of available space in the VG:

lvcreate -L 1G -n logicalvolume03 volumegroup01

lvcreate -l 100%FREE -n logicalvolume04 volumegroup01

Or resize an existing LV:

lvresize -L +5G --resizefs volumegroup01/logicalvolume02
resize2fs /dev/volumegroup01/logicalvolume02

Remove an active LV:

Make sure the LV doesn't contain an active mounted filesystem.

lvremove /dev/volumegroup01/logicalvolume02

Format and mount LV:

mkfs.xs /dev/volumegroup01/logicalvolume02
edit /etc/fstab