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VGCREATE(8)							   VGCREATE(8)

       vgcreate - create a volume group

       vgcreate	 [--addtag  Tag]  [--alloc  AllocationPolicy] [-A|--autobackup
       {y|n}] [-c|--clustered {y|n}] [-d|--debug]  [-h|--help]	[-l|--maxlogi‐
       calvolumes  MaxLogicalVolumes] [-M|--metadatatype type] [-p|--maxphysi‐
       calvolumes    MaxPhysicalVolumes]    [--[vg]metadatacopies    NumberOf‐
       Copies|unmanaged|all]	  [-s|--physicalextentsize     PhysicalExtent‐
       Size[bBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE]] [-t|--test] [-v|--verbose] [--version]  [PHYSI‐
       CAL  DEVICE  OPTIONS] VolumeGroupName PhysicalDevicePath [PhysicalDevi‐

       vgcreate creates a new volume group called  VolumeGroupName  using  the
       block special device PhysicalDevicePath.

       If PhysicalDevicePath was not previously configured for LVM with pvcre‐
       ate(8), the device will be initialized with  the	 same  default	values
       used  with  pvcreate(8).	  If  non-default pvcreate values are desired,
       they may be given on the commandline with the same  options  as	pvcre‐
       ate(8).	 See PHYSICAL DEVICE OPTIONS for available options.  Note that
       the restore-related options such as --restorefile, --uuid and  --physi‐
       calvolumesize are not available.	 If a restore operation is needed, use
       pvcreate(8) and vgcfgrestore(8).

       See lvm(8) for common options.

       -c, --clustered {y|n}
	      If clustered locking is enabled, this defaults to	 y  indicating
	      that  this  Volume Group is shared with other nodes in the clus‐

	      If the new Volume Group contains only local disks that  are  not
	      visible  on the other nodes, you must specify --clustered n.  If
	      the cluster infrastructure is unavailable on a  particular  node
	      at  a  particular time, you may still be able to use such Volume

       -l, --maxlogicalvolumes MaxLogicalVolumes
	      Sets the maximum number of logical volumes allowed in this  vol‐
	      ume  group.   The	 setting can be changed with vgchange(8).  For
	      volume groups with  metadata  in	lvm1  format,  the  limit  and
	      default  value  is  255.	 If the metadata uses lvm2 format, the
	      default value is 0 which removes this restriction: there is then
	      no limit.

       -p, --maxphysicalvolumes MaxPhysicalVolumes
	      Sets  the	 maximum number of physical volumes that can belong to
	      this volume group.  The setting can be  changed  with  vgchange.
	      For  volume  groups  with metadata in lvm1 format, the limit and
	      default value is 255.  If the metadata  uses  lvm2  format,  the
	      value  0	removes	 this restriction: there is then no limit.  If
	      you have a large number of physical volumes in  a	 volume	 group
	      with  metadata in lvm2 format, for tool performance reasons, you
	      should consider some use of --pvmetadatacopies 0 as described in
	      pvcreate(8), and/or use --vgmetadatacopies.

       --[vg]metadatacopies NumberOfCopies|unmanaged|all
	      Sets  the desired number of metadata copies in the volume group.
	      If set to a non-zero value, LVM will  automatically  manage  the
	      'metadataignore'	flags on the physical volumes (see pvcreate(8)
	      or pvchange --metadataignore) in order to achieve NumberOfCopies
	      copies of metadata.  If set to unmanaged, LVM will not automati‐
	      cally manage the 'metadataignore' flags.	If  set	 to  all,  LVM
	      will  first clear all of the 'metadataignore' flags on all meta‐
	      data areas in the volume group, then set the value to unmanaged.
	      The vgmetadatacopies option is useful for volume groups contain‐
	      ing large numbers of physical volumes with metadata as it may be
	      used  to minimize metadata read and write overhead.  The default
	      value is unmanaged.

       -s, --physicalextentsize PhysicalExtentSize[bBsSkKmMgGtTpPeE]
	      Sets the physical extent size on physical volumes of this volume
	      group.  A size suffix (k for kilobytes up to t for terabytes) is
	      optional, megabytes is the default if no suffix is present.  The
	      value  must be at least 1 sector for LVM2 format (where the sec‐
	      tor size is the largest sector size of the PVs currently used in
	      the VG) or 8KiB for LVM1 format and it must be a power of 2. The
	      default is 4 MiB.

	      Once this value has been set, it is difficult to change it with‐
	      out  recreating  the volume group which would involve backing up
	      and restoring data on  any  logical  volumes.   However,	if  no
	      extents  need  moving  for  the  new  value  to apply, it can be
	      altered using vgchange -s.

	      If the volume group metadata uses lvm1 format, extents can  vary
	      in size from 8KiB to 16GiB and there is a limit of 65534 extents
	      in each logical volume.  The default of 4 MiB leads to a maximum
	      logical volume size of around 256GiB.

	      If the volume group metadata uses lvm2 format those restrictions
	      do not apply, but having a large number  of  extents  will  slow
	      down the tools but have no impact on I/O performance to the log‐
	      ical volume.  The smallest PE is 1KiB

	      The 2.4 kernel has a limitation of 2TiB per block device.

       The following options are available for initializing  physical  devices
       in the volume group.  These options are further described in the pvcre‐
       ate(8) man page.

       -f, --force

       -y, --yes

       -Z, --zero {y|n}

       --labelsector sector

       --metadatasize size

       --pvmetadatacopies copies

       --dataalignment alignment

       --dataalignmentoffset alignment_offset

       Creates	a  volume  group  named	 "test_vg"  using   physical   volumes
       "/dev/sdk1" and "/dev/sdl1" with default physical extent size of 4MiB:

       vgcreate test_vg /dev/sdk1 /dev/sdl1

       lvm(8),	pvdisplay(8),  pvcreate(8),  vgdisplay(8),  vgextend(8), vgre‐
       duce(8), lvcreate(8), lvdisplay(8), lvextend(8), lvreduce(8)

Sistina Software UK   LVM TOOLS 2.02.106(2) (2014-04-10)	   VGCREATE(8)

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