grub2 cannot find lvmid device when an additional disk has been added to root volume group

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15


Extension of root volume (LVM) is needed due to running out of space.
In order to achieve it, a additional physical volume (PV) needs be created and added to the volume group (VG) containing '/'.
As next step, the root volume is extended using lvextend command, and filesystem of '/' is as well extended using either xfs_growfs or resize2fs.

After system reboot, grub2 cannot find the root volume anymore, and it is entering in rescue mode with an error similar as below...

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Please follow the below steps to resolve the issue.
1. Boot the system in rescue mode
2. Enter the rescue mode by providing root user only
3. Verify the location of boot partition using 'fdisk -l | grep boot'
tty1:rescue:~ # fdisk -l | grep boot
/dev/vda1  2048  6143  4096  2M  BIOS  boot
tty1:rescue:~ #
4. Verify the location of root partition using 'fdisk -l | grep root'
tty1:rescue:~ # fdisk -l | grep root
Disk /dev/mapper/system-root: 67.99 GiB, 73001861120 bytes, 142581760 sectors
tty1:rescue:~ #
5. Mount root LV using /dev/mapper and bind /proc, /dev, /sys and /run to it
tty1:rescue:~ # mount /dev/mapper/system-root /mnt
tty1:rescue:~ # for i in dev proc sys run ; do mount -o bind /$i /mnt/$i ; done
6. Install grub on /dev/vda
tty1:rescue:~ # grub2-install /dev/vda
7. Update/ recreate grub.cfg configuration file
tty1:rescue:~ # grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
8. Next, make a backup of the old initrd and create a new one using the following commands
tty1:rescue:~ # cd /boot
tty1:rescue:~ # mkdir brokeninitrd
tty1:rescue:~ # cp initrd-<version> brokeninitrd
tty1:rescue:~ # mkinitrd
9. Exit chroot, and reboot the system
tty1:rescue:~ # exit; sync && reboot


The reason is unknown as of yet, but SUSE engineering is aware of it and investigating.

Additional Information

The boot issue happens while extending the logical volume by:
1. Creating an additional PV
2. Extending VG
3. Extending LV
4. Extending/ resizing FS

* The boot issue could be avoided by performing steps 6, 7, and 8 from above, prior to reboot...


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  • Document ID:000020635
  • Creation Date: 07-Apr-2022
  • Modified Date:14-Apr-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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