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lvm (46) Versions 1.1.2

Installs and manages Logical Volume Manager

cookbook 'lvm', '= 1.1.2'
cookbook 'lvm', '= 1.1.2', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install lvm
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lvm Cookbook

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Installs lvm2 package and includes resources for managing LVM. The default recipe simply installs LVM and the supporting Ruby gem. The cookbook includes providers for managing LVMs.


  • Chef 10 or higher



Manages LVM physical volumes.


<table> <tr> <th>Action</th> <th>Description</th> </tr> <tr> <td>:create</td> <td>(default) Creates a new physical volume</td> </tr> </table>


<table> <tr> <th>Parameter</th> <th>Description</th> <th>Example</th> <th>Default</th> </tr> <tr> <td>name</td> <td>(required) The device to create the new physical volume on</td> <td><tt>'/dev/sda'</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> </table>

lvm_physical_volume '/dev/sda'


Manages LVM logical volumes.


<table> <tr> <th>Action</th> <th>Description</th> </tr> <tr> <td>:create</td> <td>(default) Creates a new logical volume</td> </tr> </table>


<table> <tr> <th>Attribute</th> <th>Description</th> <th>Example</th> <th>Default</th> </tr> <tr> <td>name</td> <td>(name attribute) Name of the logical volume</td> <td><tt>bacon</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>group</td> <td>(required) Volume group in which to create the new volume (not required if the volume is declared inside of an lvm_volume_group block)</td> <td><tt>bits</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>size</td> <td>(required) Size of the volume. <ul> <li>It can be the size of the volume with units (k, K, m, M, g, G, t, T)</li> <li>It can be specified as the percentage of the size of the volume group</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li><tt>10G</tt></li> <li><tt>25%VG</tt></li> </ul> </td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>filesystem</td> <td>The format for the file system</td> <td><tt>'ext4'</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>mount_point</td> <td> Either a String containing the path to the mount point, or a Hash with the following keys: <ul> <li><tt>location<tt> - (required) the directory to mount the volume on</li> <li><tt>options</tt> - the mount options for the volume</li> <li><tt>dump</tt> - the <tt>dump</tt> field for the fstab entry</li> <li><tt>pass</tt> - the <tt>pass</tt> field for the fstab entry</li> </ul> </td> <td><tt>'/var/my/mount'</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>physical_volumes</td> <td>Array of physical volumes that the volume will be restricted to</td> <td><tt>['/dev/sda', '/dev/sdb']</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>stripes</td> <td>Number of stripes for the volume</td> <td><tt>5</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>stripe_size</td> <td>Number of kilobytes per stripe segment (must be a power of 2 less than or equal to the physical extent size for the volume group)</td> <td><tt>24</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>mirrors</td> <td>Number of mirrors for the volume</td> <td><tt>5</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>contiguous</td> <td>Whether or not volume should use the contiguous allocation policy</td> <td><tt>true</tt></td> <td><tt>false</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td>readahead</td> <td>The readahead sector count for the volume (can be a value between 2 and 120, 'auto', or 'none')</td> <td><tt>'auto'</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> </table>

lvm_logical_volume 'home' do
  group       'vg00'
  size        '25%VG'
  filesystem  'ext4'
  mount_point '/home'
  stripes     3
  mirrors     2


Manages LVM volume groups.


<table> <tr> <th>Action</th> <th>Description</th> </tr> <tr> <td>:create</td> <td>(default) Creates a new volume group</td> </tr> </table>


<table> <tr> <th>Attribute</th> <th>Description</th> <th>Example</th> <th>Default</th> </tr> <tr> <td>name</td> <td>(required) Name of the volume group</td> <td><tt>'bacon'</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>physical_volumes</td> <td>(required) The device or list of devices to use as physical volumes (if they haven't already been initialized as physical volumes, they will be initialized automatically)</td> <td><tt>['/dev/sda', '/dev/sdb']</tt></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>physical_extent_size</td> <td>The physical extent size for the volume group</td> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td>logical_volume</td> <td>Shortcut for creating a new lvm_logical_volume definition (the logical volumes will be created in the order they are declared)</td> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> </table>

lvm_volume_group 'vg00' do
  physical_volumes ['/dev/sda', '/dev/sdb', '/dev/sdc']

  logical_volume 'logs' do
    size        '1G'
    filesystem  'xfs'
    mount_point location: '/var/log', options: 'noatime,nodiratime'
    stripes     3

  logical_volume 'home' do
    size        '25%VG'
    filesystem  'ext4'
    mount_point '/home'
    stripes     3
    mirrors     2


If you're using Berkshelf, just add this cookbook to your Berksfile:

cookbook 'lvm'

You can also install it from the community site:

knife cookbook site install lvm

Include the default recipe in your run list on a node, in a role, or in another recipe:


Depend on lvm in any cookbook that uses its Resources/Providers:

# other_cookbook/metadata.rb
depends 'lvm'


This cookbook depends on the di-ruby-lvm and di-ruby-lvm-attrib gems. The di-ruby-lvm-attrib gem in particular is a common cause of failures when using the providers. If you get a failure with an error message similar to

No such file or directory - /opt/chef/.../di-ruby-lvm-attrib-0.0.3/lib/lvm/attributes/2.02.86(2)/lvs.yaml

then you are running a version of lvm that the gems do not support. However, getting support added is usually pretty easy. Just follow the instructions on "Adding Attributes" in the di-ruby-lvm-attrib README.


This section details "quick development" steps. For a detailed explanation, see [[]].

  1. Clone this repository from GitHub:

    $ git clone
  2. Create a git branch

    $ git checkout -b my_bug_fix
  3. Install dependencies:

    $ bundle install
  4. Make your changes/patches/fixes, committing appropiately

  5. Write tests

  6. Run the tests:

    • bundle exec foodcritic -f any .
    • bundle exec rspec
    • bundle exec rubocop
    • bundle exec kitchen test

In detail: - Foodcritic will catch any Chef-specific style errors - RSpec will run the unit tests - Rubocop will check for Ruby-specific style errors - Test Kitchen will run and converge the recipes

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