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I have a Volume Group with Unused space. This 40Gig should become an entidy in order to install Microsoft windows 7 on it. I do not have extra space on the drive - that is why I want to shrink the VG!

LVG berta resides on sda2 and consists of


I want it to become


and have a seperate entidy made out of unused_space. Microsoft Windows 7 has to get installed on this entity. I do not understand why Linux made simple things complicated. I utterly hate LVM and think its absolute bollocks.

Useful Sources:

Edit: I found the answer. The necessary steps depict how complicated LVM really is. In my opinion it is best to avoiding LVM until pvresize matures as promised in its man pages.


If you run into problems when you want to remove lvswap even if in resuce mode, then try

swapoff /dev/vg_1/lv_swap 
lvchange -an /dev/vg_1/lv_swap 
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LVM is a good thing, but it's also true that the process to shrink the partition is quite freaky. But it's more easy to do it with LVM than other utility, and it's more secure. Well, thanks posting you solution and link to help people that will encounter the same problem. – Anarko_Bizounours Jun 15 '11 at 7:19
Why do you blame LVM? It's really handy for normal partition management in Linux. It's true that resizing the whole LVM isn't fun, but it still beats having to resize the whole root partition. If you wouldn't have used LVM, you would 've ended up with one big root partition, you had to resize it and then had to start with step 8 of your link. Still not quite a fun exorcize. – blauwblaatje Jun 15 '11 at 7:27
@blauwblaatje Respectfully, I compeletely disagree, Sir. In my case it wasnt about the root partition, so I have to buy a new drive now to temporarily store the contents of the 400G logical volume in question until pvresize matures. Would I have used normal partitions I would be golden now. – Stephan Kristyn Jun 15 '11 at 18:45
If you're buying a new drive, just install Windows there. Then you won't need to resize anything. – Joe Internet Jun 15 '11 at 20:53
I'm sorry, I misunderstood your lvm setup. But... I'd still prefer LVM over traditional. Adding an lv is very easy, so is resizing an lv on-the-fly. I wouldn't want to try that with with traditional partitions on a live-server. Your problem however sounds more like a workstationproblem and in that case, I'd think your complaint should be on poweruser, not serverfault. For a workstation that you're not sure of if you ever want to have something else other than linux, I'd suggest leaving a free partition. – blauwblaatje Jun 23 '11 at 12:51

For the lack of pvresize to compact blocks, do it yourself. From the pvmove man page:

If the source and destination are on the same disk, the anywhere allocation policy would be needed, like this:

        pvmove --alloc anywhere /dev/sdb1:1000-1999 /dev/sdb1:0-999

You can check where blocks are with "lvdisplay --map" and do a little math, you don't have to move your whole lvs to another disk.

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IF it's on the same disk, this old post documents exactly that. Though might want to read fully first before you try:

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