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How to access LVM partitions when system is booted with rescue CD

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


Due to problems on a SLES server you need to boot with the rescue CD and need to change data. The /-partition is not on LVM. Several other data are on LVM partitions.


SLES 10 and SLES 11:

1. Start the system with the rescue CD
2. Login with root (no password needed)
3. Mount the / partition. E.g.mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

4. Give the command: mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev

5. Give the command: mount -o bind /proc /mnt/proc

6. Give the command: mount -o bind /sys /mnt/sys

7. Give the command: chroot /mnt --> you could get some errors (e.g. regarding yast). Ignore these errors.

8. Give the command: mount -av

9. The LVM partitions should be available

Additional Information

Please note TID 7014112 - Symbolic links /dev/$VGNAME/$LVNAME unavailable in SLE11SP3 rescue system in case the SLE11SP3 rescue system is used.


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  • Document ID:3134230
  • Creation Date: 13-Dec-2007
  • Modified Date:23-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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