[CentOS] lvm errors after replacing drive in raid 10 array

Ross S. W. Walker RWalker at medallion.com
Thu Jul 17 22:55:04 UTC 2008

Mike wrote:
> I thought I'd test replacing a failed drive in a 4 drive raid 10 array on 
> a CentOS 5.2 box before it goes online and before a drive really fails.
> I 'mdadm failed, removed', powered off, replaced drive, partitioned with 
> sfdisk -d /dev/sda | sfdisk /dev/sdb, and finally 'mdadm add'ed'.
> Everything seems fine until I try to create a snapshot lv.  (Creating a 
> snapshot lv worked before I replaced the drive.)  Here's what I'm seeing.
> # lvcreate -p r -s -L 8G -n home-snapshot /dev/vg0/homelv
>    Couldn't find device with uuid 
> 'yIIGF9-9f61-QPk8-q6q1-wn4D-iE1x-MJIMgi'.
>    Couldn't find all physical volumes for volume group vg0.
>    Volume group for uuid not found: 
> I4Gf5TUB1M1TfHxZNg9cCkM1SbRo8cthCTTjVHBEHeCniUIQ03Ov4V1iOy2ciJwm
>    Aborting. Failed to activate snapshot exception store.
> So then I try
> # pvdisplay
>    --- Physical volume ---
>    PV Name               /dev/md3
>    VG Name               vg0
>    PV Size               903.97 GB / not usable 3.00 MB
>    Allocatable           yes
>    PE Size (KByte)       4096
>    Total PE              231416
>    Free PE               44536
>    Allocated PE          186880
>    PV UUID               yIIGF9-9f61-QPk8-q6q1-wn4D-iE1x-MJIMgi
> Subsequent runs of pvdisplay eventually returns nothing. pvck /dev/md3 
> seems to restore that but creating a snapshot volume still fails.
> It's as if the "PV stuff" is not on the new drive.  I (probably 
> incorrectly) assumed that just adding the drive back in to 
> the raid array would take care of that.
> I've searched quite a bit but have not found any clues.  Any one?

It would be interesting to see what the mdadm --detail /dev/mdX

I see the VG is made out of 1 PV md3? What are md0,1,2 doing, I
can guess md0 is probably /boot, but what about 1 and 2?

It wouldn't hurt to give the sfdisk partition dumps for the
drives in question too.


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