vinum requirements

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Thu Apr 22 15:45:18 PDT 2004

On Thursday, 22 April 2004 at 11:32:22 -0400, synrat wrote:
> does vinum configuration need to be located
> in the beginning of the drive after bootstrap or
> is it possible to store at the end of the drive ?

Currently it must be at the beginning of a drive.

> the reason I ask is I only have 60kb available in the beginining and
> the first partition is /.  I should be able to shrink swap, which is
> at the end of the drive, but I'm not sure I understand how vinum
> stores it's configuration. Does there need to be a separate
> partition for vinum that has at least enough space for
> configuration, which doesn't overlap with anything else ?

No, it's part of the drive.  In Vinum terminology, a "drive" is a disk
partition, the same one on which the subdisks are stored.

> Is the rest of vinum partition supposed to overlap with everything
> that I want to configure as a plex ( I'm talking about mirroring
> exisiting partitions ) Or should there be 2 different vinum
> partitions, one for configuration and another one for plexes ?

I'd suggest you take a look at the documentation at  It should clarify a number of

And yes, in retrospect it was a bad idea to put the configuration at
the front of the drive.

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