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LVM Configuration in Ubuntu 8.10

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Set filesystems and mount points for logical volumes

The screenshot below is the window you’ll see when you selected “Finish” from the last step. To start configuring the LVs (we start with the LV named home), select the option as shown. Enter.

Make the selection as shown. Enter.

The “alternate-text” installer of Ubuntu supports all four journaling filesystems – Ext3, Reiserfs, XFS, and JFS. Ext3 is usually the default, but using Ext3 requires that an LV be un-mounted before it can be resized. Reiserfs and XFS makes no such requirement. To save us one more task when it comes time to manage LVs, let’s choose Reiserfs. Enter.


With the file system set, time to set the mount point. Select the option as shown. Enter.

Since we are dealing with the LV named home, set the mount point to /home. Enter.

Survey your work and make sure all is right. Select the option as shown. Enter.

Repeat the last six steps (last six screenshots) for the other logical volumes that you created. For this tutorial, here’s what we would choose for the other LVs (the mount points in parenthesis):

  • root ( / )
  • usr (/usr)
  • var (/var)
  • tmp (/tmp)
  • swap (swap)

For swap, make sure to choose swap as the filesystem type as shown below

When all the logical volumes have their filesystems and mount points set, your window should look like the one below. Enter.

This is the final window you should see when you are done setting up LVM. Set the cursor to “Yes”, hit “Enter” on the keyboard, and continue with the rest of the installation.

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11 Comments

  1. maja says:

    Thanks so much for this! Just ran it on a new 10.04 install and it still works!

  2. Juan Ortuno says:

    This guide is INCREDIBLY helpful!
    Thank you SO very much for such a detailed set of step-by-step instructions. The screen shots along with the text instructions gave me the “visual” confirmation that I needed along the way, without making any mistakes.
    I had NO clue how to do my partitioning, LVs, etc., but your guide definitely helped me to get this completed.
    Thank you!

  3. Duane says:

    Thank you for the definitive guide to setting up LVM. A well-reviewed book published in 2008 was completely inadequate in its LVM setup guide.
    Only when I came across this post was I able to correctly set up the HDD. Next time I experiment I may set up ‘swap’ as non-LVM to see if there is any advantage to that. Thanks again, great work!

  4. izzeldin says:

    thanks for this guide . please give us ability to print this guide in this page to benefit from this knowledge . it is difficult print this guide use 1,2,3,4,5 link

    • finid says:

      You can now print any post on this site. Simply click on the share button below each post/excerpt, and click on “Printer”. While you are printing, feel free to bookmark or share it on your favorite social networking site ;)

      • Peter says:

        finid
        where is this share button
        why do posters have to be so unhelpful

        • finid says:

          It is not about being “unhelpful”, it’s just that the Share plugin was clashing with some other stuff. That’s why it was removed. That said, you can now print using the Printblog button below each post. It you are printing this post and other multi-page posts, be sure to first view the post on a single page, before printing. By default the post will print in a double column, saving you paper.

  5. izzeldin says:

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