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Bug#447216: cdimage.debian.org: cannot run lvm on the fly at partition stage during install

Package: cdimage.debian.org
Severity: wishlist

I installed lenny on an ASUS X51 laptop with very few problems, using
the 2007/10/17 netinst release.

There is just a remark I would make: at partition stage, on of the first
stages of installing a new Debian system, you are left with only two
choices: either repartition an entire physical disk and use LVM on it,
or partition the classical way. Since I wanted to keep a Windows partition,
I did not choose the first option. But with the second, there is no way
to use LVM "on the fly".

The partition menu lets you select a partition as a "LVM physical volume"
(I tried that), but it turned out that the PV was not detected afterwards.
I had to re-create it.

To mention my particular example: I kept two physical partitions pre-installed
by Windows Vista (one hidden, for recovery; one for the "C:" volume); I
installed a 3 GB bootable linux root partition on a third physical partition;
and I wanted to use the fourth available physical partition to host a
LVM volume group, on which I intended to keep /usr, /home, and /var
logical volumes.

Since I wasn't able to use LVM during install, the install process located
everything I required on the first step (fortunately not too much),
on a /usr directory physically belonging to the 3 GB root filesystem.

Only after install was I able to configure LVM with usr, home and var
as logical volumes. I had to copy the contents of the old /usr into
the new (ie LV) /usr, the same for /var, and to edit /etc/fstab by

In the future it would be more user-friendly if this could be included
in the install process.

Thanks for the job anyway.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.22-2-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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