vinum requirements

synrat synrat at
Fri Apr 23 11:31:44 PDT 2004

thanx Greg. like your book.
hope there will be another edition.

Does all this mean that if I don't have ~133kb available
for Vinum in the beginning of the disk before my first ( root )
partition, I can't use Vinum on that disk ? or would it write half
of the configuration in that first 60kb and the rest in whatever other
freespace I have ? I admit this sounds like a joke :).

thanx again.

On Fri, 23 Apr 2004, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

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