Manual LVM configuration on Fedora 13

“LVM Volume Group” is the only logical option to choose here. Create.

Create VG

Select VG option

In the Volume Group Name field, specify a name for the volume group, or accept the default. To begin creating logical volumes, click on “Add.” Note that by default Fedora 13 creates the following logical volumes:

  • lv_root for /
  • lv_home for /home
  • lv_swap

The only problem I have with it is that all the available disk space is used up. For this tutorial, the same three partitions are going to be created, but with just the right disk space needed to get the system up and running.

VG name

Assign a name to the VG

So we start by creating a logical volume for /. In this example, I’ve chosen to allocate 6 GB to this logical volume. You could go lower. For guidance, a default installation of Fedora 13 uses less than 3.2 GB of the allocated disk space. OK.. Repeat this step to create a logical volume for /home, and any other that you need. For a personal-use computer, the three logical volumes created in this example will suffice. Because the PV is already encrypted, it is not necessary to encrypt any of the logical volumes. So leave “Encrypt” unchecked. If, however, you are paranoid, go ahead and have fun.

Create LV

Create the first logical volume

This is just to show what options to choose for the logical volume for swap. Only 2.0 GB has been allocated to it in this example, but it is really recommended to allocate an amount that’s twice the RAM on the computer. Else you might have issues with suspending or hibernating the system. OK.

Create swap

Create swap space

This is a view of the all logical volumes that has been created. Notice in the middle section that we have only used 28 GB, or about 45%, of the available disk space. With 55% still unused, you can use it to grow any logical volume, or create new ones, if necessary.

Logical volumes

View of all logical volumes created

Back to the main disk partitioning window. Next.

All partitions

View of all partitions created

The installer is requesting the encryption passphrase. One caveat: The passphrase should not be the same as the root password or any other user account password. Click “OK” and continue with the rest of the installation.


Specify passphrase to use to encrypt the disk

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