LVM2 under FreeBSD ?

Doug Poland doug at
Sun Sep 7 14:55:27 UTC 2008

On Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 02:09:42PM +0000, nicodache wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'd like to use something like LVM under FreeBSD, as I have a server
> running FBSD 7 and I don't know what space to give to what partition,
> and as I plan on installing postfix+courier-imap soon, I'd like to
> have some way to share the 235GB left on my drive between /home (legal
> torrents), and /var (www, mails, etc)
> I had a look at GEOM and (g)vinum, and none of them seem to accept
> resize of partition, while LVM (under linux) accept hotresizing of
> ext2/3 & ReiserFS filesystems.
> Do yoy know of any solution available as port that would provide me
> with the same features as LVM ? (resize of partitions while running,
> to adapt /var to my needs without copying, unmouting, resizing,
> rebooting, etc) Can LVM be used in FreeBSD ? can the default kernel
> read & write ext3 partitions ? I might try to install LVM on a primary
> partition.
Although it's still considered experimental, ZFS would give you similar
functionality as LVM2 (and more).  I recommend you start with: and the man pages.  If possible, experiment
a little before implementing, ZFS is a paradigm shift from normal
disk/volume management.


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