After expanding EVMS container, extra space allocated to volume is inaccessible

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3


All volumes contained within the evms container are formatted to ext3. After adding new disk space to the evms container and expanding the /var volume, the extra space was inaccessible, despite evmsgui showing the space as being assigned.


1. Boot the system into the rescue system.
2. At the server console, type the following:
3. Run the disk check  utility against the volume. For example,
     e2fsck -p /dev/evms/lvm2/system/var
4. Run the resize2fs utility against the volume. For example,
     resize2fs /dev/evms/lvm2/system/var
By not specifying a size parameter, the resize2fs utility will resize the volume to use all available allocated space.

Additional Information

The servers were built with /boot defined as a 100MB primary partition on /dev/sda1 and an evms container of size 40GB, named system, was defined on /dev/sda2. The volumes slash (/), swap, usr (/usr), bin (/bin), var (/var) and home (/home) were defined within the system container. All volumes were formatted using the ext3 file system. In this scenario, the /var volume had not had a disk check run against it for several months, and there was a situation where the file system was in an inconsistent state prior to expanding the volume.

Initial attempts to resolve this situation saw the e2fsck and resize2fs utilities run against the container itself. In order for the tools to correctly fix the inconsistency, they have to be run against the volume within the container.


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  • Document ID:7009799
  • Creation Date: 25-Nov-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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