Debian: what to do if LVM on ISCSI is not activated after reboot.

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So you have created LVM on ISCSI disk and you find yourself obliged to enable and mount manually your filesystem after reboot:

root@pluto:~# pvscan 
  PV /dev/sdb    VG bkupvg   lvm2 [350.00 GiB / 0    free]
  PV /dev/sda5   VG rootvg   lvm2 [19.76 GiB / 13.72 GiB free]
  Total: 2 [369.75 GiB] / in use: 2 [369.75 GiB] / in no VG: 0 [0   ]
root@pluto:~# lvscan | grep backups
  inactive          '/dev/bkupvg/backups' [350.00 GiB] inherit
root@pluto:~# lvchange -a y /dev/bkupvg/backups
root@pluto:~# lvscan | grep backups
  ACTIVE            '/dev/bkupvg/backups' [350.00 GiB] inherit
root@pluto:~# mount -a
root@pluto:~# df|grep backup
/dev/mapper/bkupvg-backups 366986300 106629020 260357280  30% /backups

If you look at the boot order, you will see that iscsi is activated after LVM. You can see that in /etc/rcS directory:

lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root   14 Jul 13 15:15 S05lvm2 -> ../init.d/lvm2
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root   20 Jul 13 15:15 S12networking -> ../init.d/networking
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root   20 Jul 13 15:15 S19open-iscsi -> ../init.d/open-iscsi

But that is not a problem. Solution is:

1. add the "_netdev" to your fstab entry for the iSCSI mount:

/dev/mapper/bkupvg-backups /backups reiserfs _netdev 0 0

2. add your LVM volume group to LVMGROUPS in /etc/default/open-iscsi and make sure HANDLE_NETDEV is 1:

root@pluto:~# grep LVMGROUPS /etc/default/open-iscsi 
root@pluto:~# grep HANDLE_NETDEV /etc/default/open-iscsi 

That is it!

Of course, you have also workarounds if above instructions for whatever reason do not work for you or you have other flavor than Debian:

workaround 1:

Add to /etc/rc.local:

/sbin/vgchange -ay
/bin/mount -a

workaround 2:

Add to /etc/inittab:
md:35: once:/sbin/vgchange -a y

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