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AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrg!


After very carefully copying filesystems across from disks i'm taking off my linux box onto disks i'm keeping, and getting Grub installed and booting with no problems, I come to look in a directory, and it turns out that I've gone and forgotten one filesystem... with a *ton* of stuff on it.

No problems, you might think...

Normally, yes.

BUT... I'm using LVM... and the volume group that contains the missed lv/filesystem is spread across two partitions, on two different disks... and one of those two disks is my new root/boot/system disk...

I'm (almost 100%) sure that the logical volme that I missed is on the disk I haven't touched too badly.... unfortunately, in a moment of *total* dumbassed-ness (well, it was forward-thinking when I did it...) I deleted all the partitions so I could put the disk into a Windows box without having to get Windows tools to delete the Linux partitions...

So now I'm trying to recover the location of the LVM partition using gpart... and if it *finds* it, well, there's no guarantees that I was *right* about the location of the lv that I'm after. Atleast LVM2 should let me use the busted vg cos it supports partial vgs... so there's *some* chance I can get this stuff back...

I don't fully like gpart... I wish it would do more than just say "Begin scan..." when it's started. Some kind of processing indicator, even just a "spinner" would be nice to show its actually *doing* something... yes the HD light is on, but the way I've got this box sited at the moment, that is *not* easy to see and involved considerable contortion on my part!

Oh I hope this works... I don't know how much of this stuff is on backups.