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       lvcmreate_initrd [-i|--iop  IOP]  [-D|--devfs]  [-v|--ver­
       bose] [-V|--version] [KernelVersion]


       lvmcreate_initrd  creates a new compressed initial ramdisk
       /boot/initrd-lvm-KernelVersion.gz.   The  initial  ramdisk
       contains  all  necessary  binaries, shared libraries and a
       linuxrc file to switch to  a  logical  volume  based  root
       filesystem.   To  build  an  initial  ramdisk for a kernel
       other than the one currently running add the KernelVersion
       parameter  (e.g.   lvmcreate_initrd 2.3.25) on the command

       -h, --help
              Print a usage message on standard output and  exit.

       -i, --iop IOP
              Specify the LVM kernel IOP version if you are using
              wrapper scripts in /sbin.  This is  only  necessary
              if  you  are  building an initrd for a kernel other
              than the current one, and you have tools for multi­
              ple IOP versions installed.

       -D, --devfs
              Force  the  use  of devfs when building the initrd.
              lvmcreate_initrd by default  probes  for  devfs  by
              checking  for  /dev/.devfsd,  which  is  created by
              devfsd when it is running. This option  will  force
              lvmcreate_initrd  to  do  this,  when devfsd is not
              currently running.

       -v, --verbose
              Gives verbose runtime information  about  the  cre­
              ation of the ram disk image.

       -V, --version
              Print version number and exit successfully.

       The  necessary  actions to change your system into a "root
       on logical volume" one are:

       Create a small (~20MB) partition which is  BIOS  reachable
       to  hold the /boot filesystem (if you already have a small
       partition based root filesystem this can be used instead).
       If  you  want to boot standalone from this partition in an
       emergency, copy all the necessary binaries  and  libraries
       to  that  filesystem  as  well  and create a corresponding
       /etc/lilo.conf  entry.  In  order  to  be  able  to   edit
       lilo.conf   when   booted   standalone,  you  should  move
       root = /dev/YourVG/YourRootLV
       label = rootonlv
       append = 'ramdisk_size=8192'

       Replace  YourVG and YourRootLV by your actual volume group
       and root logical volume names.  You also  need  to  change
       the  ramdisk size to be at least as large as that reported
       while lvmcreate_initrd is run.  If you have enough memory,
       it  is  OK if the ramdisk size in /etc/lilo.conf is larger
       than what lvmcreate_initrd reports (the  memory  is  freed
       after booting).  Also, your /etc/fstab in the root logical
       volume should contain entries for the  root  LV,  and  the
       boot  partition, along with any other LVs you have config­

       /dev/YourVG/YourRootLV      /     ext2   defaults   0   1
       /dev/YourBootPartition      /boot ext2   defaults   0   2
       /dev/YourVG/YourUsrLV       /usr  ext2   defaults   0   3
       /dev/YourVG/YourOptLV       /opt  ext2   defaults   0   4

       You can use other supported filesystem types as well (e.g.
       reiserfs)  if  you  have support for those in your kernel.
       Run lilo, reboot and try...

       The partitions  containing  the  former  /usr,  /opt  etc.
       filesystems  can  now  be  used  as physical volumes.  Use
       pvcreate(8) to turn them into PVs and then use vgextend(8)
       to add them to e.g.  YourVG.


       lvcmcreate_initrd returns 0 for success.  1 is returned in
       all other cases.


       lilo(8),  lilo.conf(5),  fstab(5),  lvm(8),   pvcreate(8),
       vgextend(8), lvcreate(8), vgcreate(8)


       Heinz Mauelshagen <Linux-LVM@Sistina.com>

Heinz Mauelshagen           LVM TOOLS         LVMCREATE_INITRD(8)
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