lsblk shows LVM volume as subcomponent of a partition

domsson asked:

Given two physical drives, sda and sdb, I have:

  • Used fdisk to make sda1, sda2, sdb1 and sdb2
  • Created four physical volumes accordingly: pvcreate /dev/sda1 etc
  • Created a volume group: vgcreate datavg /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdb2
  • Created a logical volume: lvcreate -L 4096 -n datalv datavg
  • Made a filesystem: mkfs -t ext4 /dev/datavg/datalv

This seems to have worked fine as far as I can tell. However, the relevant output of lsblk now looks like this:

sda                 8:0    1  58.7G  0 disk 
|-sda1              8:1    1  29.4G  0 part 
`-sda2              8:2    1  29.3G  0 part 
sdb                 8:16   1  58.7G  0 disk 
|-sdb1              8:17   1  29.4G  0 part 
| `-datavg-datalv 254:0    0     4G  0 lvm  /mnt/data
`-sdb2              8:18   1  29.3G  0 part 

I don’t quite get why datavg-datalv would show up underneath sdb1. Is this indicative of some error during my setup?

My answer:

Your LV is not large enough to span more than one PV.

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