I want to extend my LUKS-encrypted lvm (volume group) with a new physical volume.

In my previous question I was told - in respect to my actual setup - that I need to encrypt the new physical volume prior to add it to my existing volume group.

I would like to know what steps I have to respect, to successfully add that physical volume to my existing volume group.

My actual stacking looks like this:

nvme0n1p8 -> luks -> physical volume -> volume group -> lv

├─nvme0n1p8             259:8    0  86,5G  0 part
│ └─nvme0n1p8_crypt     253:0    0  86,5G  0 crypt
│   ├─lvm--crypt-wurzel 253:1    0  30,7G  0 lvm   /
│   ├─lvm--crypt-home   253:2    0    80G  0 lvm   /home

My crypttab file looks like this:

cat /etc/crypttab
nvme0n1p8_crypt UUID=1697ec4a-b30b-4642-b4f3-6ba94afc40ec none luks,discard

Now I want to add a new physical volume to that volume group.

  1. How do I add a new physical volume to that volume group without losing encryption?
  2. What modifications to which configuration file might I need to do?
  • What is "lv"? Logical volume? Is it the same of "lvm"? Or are they two separate things? Nov 10, 2020 at 17:18
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    @PeterMortensen 'lv' is an actual logical volume while 'lvm' is the whole system of tools and concepts. You have an 'lv' but you use 'lvm' (kinda).
    – pipe
    Nov 10, 2020 at 17:32

1 Answer 1


You’ll need to set up encryption on the new physical device:

sudo cryptsetup luksFormat /dev/newdevice

(replacing newdevice as appropriate).

Then open it:

sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/newdevice newdevice_crypt

You’ll need to add a matching line to /etc/crypttab so that it’s opened at boot.

Once you have newdevice_crypt, you can create a physical volume on it:

sudo pvcreate /dev/newdevice_crypt

and add it to your volume group.

You can share the passphrase for several encrypted devices; see Using a single passphrase to unlock multiple encrypted disks at boot.


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