[CentOS] When should LVM be used?

Fri Jul 30 21:32:00 UTC 2010
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:07:39 -0500 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 5:50 AM, Juergen Gotteswinter <jg at internetx.de> wrote:
> > * snaphotting (great for db backup)
> > * resizing partition
> > * "online" partitioning
> I didn't know LVM would do snapshots -- I'll have to look into that.
> But I'm guessing the feature is pretty much worthless if the whole
> hard drive is taken up by one LVM partition -- which has been my
> CentOS default setups.

Yes, the *default* setup is just plain wrong, and in general should NOT
be used. Yes, the default works (one big happy filesystem), and
actually might make sense for a virtual server, but otherwise no. See 


for some thoughts on partitioning for Linux (also applies to LVM volumes).

> Thanks.

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