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FreeOS.com: LVM: The logical way to manage space

Apr 15, 2001, 18:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

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"Running out of disk space on partitions is a problem commonly and universally experienced by all of us. And although there are various solutions, almost all of them are temporary. In this article we take a detailed look at LVM, which tackles the problem in the most effective manner, making space management easy."

"There are tools available that can resize your partition, but what do you do if there is no free space left on your hard drive? One option is that you delete and re-create your partitions. Add another hard drive, create a bigger partition there and move our data there. Although possible, such methods are temporary and in all probability, you will run out of space again. The need of the hour therefore, is not a static and temporary solution, but a more dynamic one that's also easy to administer and maintain. And LVM fulfills that need."

"LVM is very close to the magic 1.0 release (it?s at 0.9), but you don't have to wait for that version. It's now part of the 2.4 kernel and patches for 2.2.17+ are available. Some distributions like SuSE have patched the 2.2 kernel for LVM support and also provide the required tools."

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