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Fedora Server Install - This is really bizzare

asked 2017-08-14 21:53:32 -0600

updated 2017-08-15 09:23:19 -0600

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I recently installed the latest version of Fedora Server and since the installation, I have added the gnome desktop environment. Recently, I opened gparted to manage my storage and found that the Fedora Install created a 1 GB boot partition and 118 GB lvm partion. Like so:

sda               8:0    0 119.2G  0 disk 
├─sda1            8:1    0     1G  0 part 
└─sda2            8:2    0 118.2G  0 part 
  ├─fedora-swap 253:0    0     4G  0 lvm  [SWAP]
  └─fedora-root 253:1    0    15G  0 lvm

Question. Why did the installer put the lvm filesystem and not put a linux ext4 filesystem? Is this standard? Am I missing something here? WTF. I feel like re-installing everything all over again......... :(

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You installed Fedora with an LVM layout. Use fdisk -l and/or lsblk -a, lsblk -f to display your partition layout (-f for filesystem). Though LVM is a good choice in general, I think the layout is not so good for a server (of course depending what services you will be running) - the root is way too small and /home too large. But the good news is that you can resize the volumes in an LVM.

LVM scheme as example and another one

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2017-08-15 09:16:30 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-08-15 00:15:20 -0600

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updated 2017-08-15 09:33:50 -0600

Fedora uses LVM as default "partitioning" method -- https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/14/html/StorageAdministrationGuide/ch-lvm.html

You have one 118 GB LVM Physical Volume that has three "children" (Logical Volumes) -- 4 GB swap, 15 GB root ("/") and ~100 GB /home. You don't see these in GParted becase GParted doesn't support LVM.

Fedora Server edition also uses XFS as default filesystem, EXT4 is used for Workstation.

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answered 2017-08-15 00:46:48 -0600

Okay. Thanks! I thought for a second something went wrong during the install. I appreciate the explanation as well as the documentation. Cheers.

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