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Re: Bug#260763: [powerpc] Problems with logical volume setup during installation

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 09:08:37AM +0100, Helge Kreutzmann wrote:
> Hello,
> On Thu, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:32:57PM -0800, Shyamal Prasad wrote:
> > I was using d-i daily build for powerpc (Jan 4, 2005) to install on an
> > Apple Dual G5 (PowerMac7,3).
> > 
> > I find that the LVM menu items in the installer do not work in a
> > manner very similar to what is described in this bug report (though
> > this report is for a x86 machine). 
> > 
> > Basically I cannot create physical volumes (using expert- too) via the
> > menus, and the LV menus then clearly do not work. It seems that the
> > options described in the latest installation guide (, to use a
> > partition as a PV for LVM) just do not show up!
> When I was installing my ibook last year, lvm did not work from the
> menue, because (as I was told) partman does not yet have support for
> it. So if you feel confident in programming, I guess support for this
> hin partman is more than welcome. I don't know if there has been any
> work on this since then, though.

No, lvm could be added to partman in no time, but Colin Watson voted against
this, and rightly so, since he claimed that we should not use a quick hack,
but come to a consensus on the way of doing this with both the d-i team and
the lvm-config tools (also upstream probably), for future portability issue.

Nobody did really find the time to push this, and thus there is no lvm support
on powermac (altough there should be no problem on prep and ibm chrp hardware,
and i have solution for pegasos too).

> On the other hand, I was able to use the shell, create the volume
> group and the logical volumes. Back in the installer I could then
> format, mount and install onto them; also a later installer run onto a
> second partition detected the lvm as well.

Ok. The main problem is that there is no LVM flag for mac partition tables, i
wonder how usefull that is though. Parted is a bit shaky on this, as i believe
it should not really be a partition flag, but a partition type.


Sven Luther

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