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Old 03-10-2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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is LVM always used in Linux?

1. I'm reading a redhat9 book which mentions LVM. However, I type in "vgdisplay" and it says "no volume groups found".

2. When I tried to install fedora3, it automatically created:


and it also listed hard drives.

3. I have a screenshot from when I installed fedora2 once and it had a "LVM" button but only information about the "disk drives":

4. So LVM seems to me to be something that is "sometimes used and sometimes not". I understand it to be a different way of partitioning the hard drive.

Can someone shed some light on how they use LVM for practical purposes, why I would use it, if it is always "in the background" etc.

Old 03-11-2005, 02:39 AM   #2
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Below is the HOWTO for LVM. LVM is too big a topic to explain in a single post. Read the HOWTO and then ask questions where ther is confusion.

hope this helps.
Old 03-11-2005, 02:45 AM   #3
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You can consider a Linux LVM to be an equivalent of the Win2K Spanned Volume concept, wherein you are virtually never out of disk space


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