I'm planning to user LVM in my next Linux installation, any links to good LVM tutorials/guides/FAQs would be welcomed.

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    I think there is a good deal of subjectivity over what makes a "good" tutorial; you might consider making this a "community wiki" question. (For instance, I disagree with Gilles' opinion -stated below- that differences between LVM1 and LVM2 are significant at a tutorial level.) Commented Oct 2, 2010 at 12:14
  • @Riccardo: I've forgotten the specifics (I think root on LVM was part of it), but I remember quite a bit of headscratching when I started with LVM (2004 IIRC), because of differences between LVM1 (which pretty much all then available material was about) and LVM2 (which I had). I don't expect this to be relevant now though, I think most available material is about LVM2 only. Commented Oct 3, 2010 at 19:08
  • @Gilles: I had no intent to argue about it; it just came handy as an example of how "good tutorial" may mean different things to different people... :-) Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 7:20
  • above explains all but still you can ask here ;) Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 21:01

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I found the LVM HOW-TO to be very clear.

It has probably more info than you want from a first-time tutorial, but reading sections 1. to 3. and 11. to 13. should give you a comprehensive introduction to LVM concepts and its usage in live systems; these days, most Linux distribution have good LVM support out-of-the-box, so you can safely skip the "Installation" and "Scripts" parts.

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    +1 for the TLDP links: I found that the LVM document to be clear and simple too.
    – dag729
    Commented Oct 3, 2010 at 8:51

In my opinion one of the best resources for LVM was Red Hats LVM Administrators Guide, check it out.




These are literally the first few links I get from searching for "LVM tutorial", this stuff isn't exactly hard to find. ;)

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    For a question like this, posting the results of a google search is not useful. You've cited some LVM tutorials, but are they good LVM tutorials? (When I learnt LVM a few years, there were no good LVM tutorials, and even no good reference documentation: they all covered LVM1, but I had LVM2 and many things were different.) Commented Oct 2, 2010 at 10:18
  • Sorry, I should have elaborated more. When I was learning LVM about six months ago, these are tutorials that I found helpful. The fact that they show up first in the search results was mostly luck
    – p-static
    Commented Oct 2, 2010 at 15:37
  • I found the howto forge one very clear and concise, without any clutter whatsoever, got up to speed on using LVM in no time
    – barrymac
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 23:56

Cover only basic things, but I like author's style. IMHO nice start for begginers:


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