Labeling disks

John Nielsen lists at
Thu Mar 14 09:45:39 MDT 2013

On Mar 13, 2013, at 6:21 PM, Daniel Fussell <dfussell at> wrote:

> On 03/13/2013 05:06 PM, Corey Edwards wrote:
>> On 03/13/2013 04:53 PM, John Nielsen wrote:
>>> Using LVM would give me what I'm looking for, but I really would just
>>> use it for the naming so it seems kind of silly: - each drive would
>>> be its own volume group - each volume group would have exactly one
>>> logical volume
>> I would still recommend LVM. The overhead is essentially nil, it's quite
>> standard across distributions, and it's robust. You'll also have
>> flexibility if your needs change down the road.
> And by flexibility, he means crazy awesomeness like moving the volume to 
> a different drive while it's being used.
> Just make sure you have a decent replacement plan for _when_ a drive 
> dies.  LVM will only make that situation worse, or at least more 
> complicated, if you can't handle and recover from the failure.

Thanks for the responses! LVM it is.

The data on these disks will be replicated at the application layer, so a disk failure is not an emergency. When the disk is replaced, it just needs to have volume group and logical volume names that match what is in fstab, then get a new filesystem. Once it's mounted the application can repopulate its contents.


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