howmany partitions per disk possible?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Sun Sep 10 21:49:43 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-09-10 at 23:21 +0200, Alexander Skwar wrote:

> Yep. You'd need to remove one of the existing partitions, though.
> You'd then use this partition number to be your "Physical Volume" (PV)
> which will be used to create a "Volume Group" (VG) and in this
> VG you'll create as many Logical Volumes (LV, partition, if you
> like) as needed. The partition would span the whole available space.

If I was setting up a new system, I would create only two, or possibly
three, partitions. One for /boot, which cannot be in LVM and the other
as a physical volume containing three or possibly two logical volumes.
One for /, one for /home and the other for swap.

On a laptop, I'd be tempted to put swap in its own partition rather than
in a logical volume. Hibernating is supposed to work with swap in an LV,
but my laptop does not hibernate reliably.

BTW, I asked this before, but I want to resize a partition used as a
physical volume, but I cannot find a nice tool that will do it. Neither
gparted nor qtparted will resize such a partition. I'm not keen to play
with fdisk, it just sounds far too scary!

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