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Re: Resizing LVM issue

On 6/14/2014 4:33 PM, Miroslav Skoric wrote:
> ...may I suggest to LVM programmers to
> think about some software routines that would enable users to recompose
> (resize, shrink, whatever ...) their LVM from within a mounted system,
> in a way that after the next reboot, the LVM and FS automatically
> recomposes itself - so to avoid common mistakes.

This is not possible.  A filesystem must be shrunk before the underlying
storage device.  If you shrink the LV first then portions of the
filesystem will now map to non-existent sectors.  If files exist in
those sectors they will be lost.  Same goes for filesystem metadata.

It is possible to add sectors to a device under a mounted filesystem
because the filesystem has no knowledge of them, and is not mapping
them.  The same is not true of removing sectors under a mounted
filesystem, for the reason above.



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