LVM Not Activating On Reboot

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I’ve recently rebuilt my home server using CentOS 7, and transplanted over the main storage disks

It’s a 3 disk raid5, with an lvm storage group (vg03) on there

Activating and mounting works fine:

# vgscan
  Reading volume groups from cache.
  Found volume group “vg03” using metadata type lvm2

# vgchange -ay
  1 logical volume(s) in volume group “vg03” now active

# lvscan
  ACTIVE            ‘/dev/vg03/storage’ [<1.82 TiB] inherit I can then mount /dev/vg03/storage as expected However on a reboot, boot fails if I add that entry to fstab: 'Timed out waiting for device dev-mapper-vg03\x2dstorage.device' I then have to activate it again with vgchange. I'm guessing I'm going to need a grub option, or do something with dracut but I'm a bit stuck here Thanks Duncan

5 thoughts on - LVM Not Activating On Reboot

  • You can add the kernel option “” but that *should*
    only be necessary if that mount point is needed in the early boot process.

    What does your fstab entry look like?

  • Thanks for the reply

    No joy after adding the kernel option, exactly the same issue

    As for the fstab entry:

    # cat /etc/fstab

    UUID=84cb3521-4722-4993-8f8d-07289d6486cb       / xfs    
    defaults        0 0
    UUID=3f7c32cd-49bb-4fda-8dc1-db88d2912786       /boot xfs    
    defaults        0 0
    UUID=a36c7e69-67d6-4ad2-b4c5-01228b168c4b       swap swap   
    defaults        0 0
    /dev/vg03/storage       /mnt/storage    xfs defaults,sunit=1024,swidth=2048,inode64 1 2

  • Is /etc/mdadm.conf up to date?  Run “mdadm –detail –scan” to get the information you need, and either replace the lines in mdadm.conf or add the one that’s missing.  You might need to rebuild the initrd afterward
    (dracut –force).  I’m unclear on why any of that would be necessary, though.  I don’t usually add pre-existing arrays to running systems, so I’m a bit out of my experience here.

  • It might require a vgexport then vgimport to fix.

    vgimport man page:

           vgimport allows you to make a Volume Group that was previously exported
           using  vgexport(8)  known to the system again, perhaps after moving its
           Physical Volumes from a different machine.  vgexport clears the VG sys‐
           tem  ID,  and  vgimport sets the VG system ID to match the host running
           vgimport (if the host has a system ID).

  • Thanks for the replies both

    I’d already tried both those ideas before posting, I should have mentioned

    In the end what fixed it was copying over the lvm.conf from the old system backup, and rebuilding the initrd

    I didn’t think to diff the two before hand so not sure what it was that changed, but sorted now anyway!

    thanks again