My question is almost a duplicate of this question, but not quite because that one is about
ext3 and I am already using LVM. I have an older HP Pavilion laptop running Fedora 11. I chose Fedora because it was semi-compatible with the hardware and it ran VMware well... but since I no longer need VMware I am looking to test out other distros and find one that's more compatible. (Specifically looking for software suspend support and maybe something more lightweight)
I'd like to try out a few new distros without hosing the existing (working) Fedora setup. Since I am using LVM, is it possible to reduce the size of my LVM LV and then install new distros into the volgroup, without the new distros destroying the Fedora setup? Here's how my LVM is set up now:
[root@token ~]# /sbin/lvm lvdisplay --- Logical volume --- LV Name /dev/vg_token/lv_root VG Name vg_token LV UUID JPCDlb-HHW7-fMDy-h8p2-Itbp-hwfK-3CwN97 LV Write Access read/write LV Status available # open 1 LV Size 91.96 GB Current LE 23542 Segments 1 Allocation inherit Read ahead sectors auto - currently set to 256 Block device 253:0 --- Logical volume --- LV Name /dev/vg_token/lv_swap VG Name vg_token LV UUID 3JMF4u-3jXx-Xy6H-saNt-Aljh-6Idw-73O4IS LV Write Access read/write LV Status available # open 1 LV Size 1.00 GB Current LE 256 Segments 1 Allocation inherit Read ahead sectors auto - currently set to 256 Block device 253:1 [root@token ~]# df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/vg_token-lv_root 91G 68G 24G 75% /
Are there distros which will allow me to install into a new logical volume without destroying the existing one? If so, which ones, and how would I go about making room for the new LV?