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PVCREATE(8)									      PVCREATE(8)

       pvcreate - initialize a disk or partition for use by LVM

       pvcreate  [-d|--debug]  [-f[f]|--force  [--force]]  [-y|--yes]  [-h|--help] [-v|--verbose]
       [-V|--version] PhysicalVolume [PhysicalVolume...]

       pvcreate initializes PhysicalVolume for later use by the  Logical  Volume  Manager  (LVM).
       Each  PhysicalVolume  can  be a disk partition, whole disk, meta device, or loopback file.
       For DOS disk partitions, the partition id must be set to 0x8e using  fdisk(8),  cfdisk(8),
       or  a  equivalent.   For whole disk devices only the partition table must be erased, which
       will effectively destroy all data on that disk.	This can be done  by  zeroing  the  first
       sector with:

       dd if=/dev/zero of=PhysicalVolume bs=512 count=1

       Continue  with  vgcreate(8) to create a new volume group on PhysicalVolume, or vgextend(8)
       to add PhysicalVolume to an existing volume group.

       -d, --debug
	      Enables additional debugging output (if compiled with DEBUG).

       -f, --force
	      Force the creation without any confirmation.  You can not recreate (reinitialize) a
	      physical	volume	belonging  to  an existing volume group.  In an emergency you can
	      override this behaviour with -ff.  In no case case can  you  initialize  an  active
	      physical volume with this command.

       -s, --size
	      Overrides  the  size of the physical volume which is normally retrieved.	Useful in
	      rare case where this value is wrong. More useful to fake large physical volumes  of
	      up to 2 Terabyes - 1 Kilobyte on smaller devices for testing purposes only where no
	      real access to data in created logical volumes is needed.  If you  wish  to  create
	      the  supported maximum, use "pvcreate -s 2147483647k PhysicalVolume [PhysicalVolume
	      ...]".  All other LVM tools will use this size with the exception of lvmdiskscan(8)

       -y, --yes
	      Answer yes to all questions.

       -h, --help
	      Print a usage message on standard output and exit successfully.

       -v, --verbose
	      Gives verbose runtime information about pvcreate's activities.

       -V, --version
	      Print the version number on standard output and exit successfully.

       Initialize partition #4 on the third SCSI disk and the entire fifth SCSI  disk  for  later
       use by LVM:

       pvcreate /dev/sdc4 /dev/sde

       pvcreate returns an exit code of 0 for success or > 0 for error:

       1  no physical volume on command line
       2  error removing existing lvmtab entry for new physical volume
       3  error setting up physical volume structure
       4  error writing physical volume structure to disk
       5  wrong partition type identifier
       6  error physical volume name
       7  error getting size of physical volume

       95 driver/module not in kernel
       96 invalid I/O protocol version
       97 error locking logical volume manager
       98 invalid lvmtab (run vgscan(8))
       99 invalid command line

       lvm(8), vgcreate(8), vgextend(8), lvcreate(8), cfdisk(8), fdisk(8), losetup(8), mdadd(8)

       Heinz Mauelshagen <Linux-LVM@Sistina.com>

Heinz Mauelshagen			    LVM TOOLS				      PVCREATE(8)
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