Need Vinum help

Thomas Smith tom at
Mon Aug 25 23:28:37 PDT 2003

Okay, I'm getting closer. I've got the drives relabeled with a FSType of 
vinum. Now, I can't seem to get them both up. When I run "vinum create 
-f /etc/vinum.conf" it creates the a1 drive but shows a2 as "State: 
referenced". The config file is as follows:

drive a1 device /dev/ad0a
drive a2 device /dev/ad1e
  volume root setupstate
    plex org concat
      sd length 36g drive a1
    plex org concat
      sd length 36g drive a2

The previous error no longer occurs since I'm now setting the FStype to 
vinum via disklabel.

Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

>On Monday, 25 August 2003 at 18:19:25 -0700, Thomas Smith wrote:
>>I think I have the process of creating a Vinum volume but I'm missing
>>My config file (config1) contains:
>>drive a device /dev/ad0
>>volume root
>> plex org concat
>>   sd length 36g drive a
>>When I run /vinum create config1/ I get the error "Can't initialize
>>device a: Operation not supported by device"
>>I've huffed, and I've puffed, and I've blown over many a page of docs
>>and can't seem to figure out what gives.
>Try this part of the man page:
>     vinum drives are currently BSD disk partitions.  They must be of type
>     vinum in order to avoid overwriting data used for other purposes.  Use
>     disklabel -e to edit a partition type definition.  The following display
>     shows a typical partition layout as shown by disklabel(8):
>     8 partitions:
>     #        size   offset    fstype   [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
>       a:    81920   344064    4.2BSD        0     0     0   # (Cyl.  240*- 297*)
>       b:   262144    81920      swap                        # (Cyl.   57*- 240*)
>       c:  4226725        0    unused        0     0         # (Cyl.    0 - 2955*)
>       e:    81920        0    4.2BSD        0     0     0   # (Cyl.    0 - 57*)
>       f:  1900000   425984    4.2BSD        0     0     0   # (Cyl.  297*- 1626*)
>       g:  1900741  2325984     vinum        0     0     0   # (Cyl. 1626*- 2955*)
>     In this example, partition ``g'' may be used as a vinum partition.  Par-
>     titions ``a'', ``e'' and ``f'' may be used as UFS file systems or ccd
>     partitions.  Partition ``b'' is a swap partition, and partition ``c''
>     represents the whole disk and should not be used for any other purpose.
>     The vinum utility uses the first 265 sectors on each partition for con-
>     figuration information, so the maximum size of a subdisk is 265 sectors
>     smaller than the drive.
>>The FStype in /etc/fstab for / is ufs--as I understand it, Vinum
>>needs an FStype of vinum.
>No.  It requires a partition type 'vinum'
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