Shrinking an LVM root filesystem?

Ville Herva vherva at
Sun Mar 28 19:50:28 UTC 2004

On Sun, Mar 28, 2004 at 01:30:50PM -0600, you [Steve Bergman] wrote:
> Hi,
> I've built a server and installed FC1.  I used LVM for /, /usr, /home, 
> /var, and swap.  /boot is in it's own partition.  I fully intend to 
> upgrade to FC2 when it is released, which is why I am posting here 
> instead of the FC1 list.
> Not really knowing what I was doing, I sized my / rather larger than I 
> should have, thinking that I could just shrink it later if I needed to.
> I've since decided that I will probably want to do just that, but if I 
> understand correctly, I can only shrink unmounted filesystems.  I could 
> reinstall, as I have not gone live with this server yet.  Is it possible 
> to shrink / from rescue mode or something?

You could burn a copy of Knoppix (google for it) or some other cd based
distro and do the resize from there.

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