[CentOS] When should LVM be used?

Fri Jul 30 10:50:42 UTC 2010
Juergen Gotteswinter <jg at internetx.de>

On 07/30/2010 07:37 AM, Ron Blizzard wrote:
> In my old computer I have a much bigger hard drive then in this one --
> and I plan to hand that old computer down to one of my sons -- keeping
> his current drive from an even older computer. Currently the hard
> drive on my old computer has SuSE Linux, but that will go. I'll
> rebuild CentOS 5.5 on it, but I want to leave some free space for
> whatever comes up and also dual-boot Vector Linux. Which, at last,
> brings me to the question...
> Is there any reason to use LVM on a personal desktop install of
> CentOS? It seems to me, for my purposes, that LVM is just a pain in
> the neck -- although I've always just let CentOS set it up during the
> install in the past.  I would like to be able to use parted to resize
> partitions when I want to, and also I'd like Vector Linux to be able
> to read and write data to the CentOS partition. Would I be missing
> something by not installing LVM, or is this mostly for server purposes
> anyhow?
> Thanks for any pointers.

* snaphotting (great for db backup)
* resizing partition
* "online" partitioning