Vinum - HELP

Steve Greenshaw steve at
Thu Jul 27 22:22:49 BST 2000


Thanks to all who mailed me with suggestions to get my problem with vinum

I now have a working system with a 33Gb volume ... running on 3.4, btw.

I found that after calling the vinum module in either '/etc/rc.conf' or
'/boot/loader.conf' my system failed if I also followed the man pages and
added the volume ('/dev/vinum/myvolume') to '/etc/fstab'. It's fsck that
doesn't seem to like it meaning that I have to restart in single user mode,
fsck manually, etc., etc., etc ... Maybe my 'newfs' of the vinum volume was
wrong? (Followed the instructions and used 'newfs /dev/vinum/myvolume')?

If, however, I manually mount the volume after start up - no problem. Of
course, I have to dismount the volume prior to shutdown or reboot but I can
make scripts for that.

So ... problem solved (after much gnashing of teeth - and swearing!). Just
thought I'd post my solution in case anybody else has a problem with vinum
like I found on 3.4.

Now I must learn how to keep my version up to date! Any good online


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Greenshaw [mailto:steve at]
Sent: 26 July 2000 23:49
To: freebsd-users at
Subject: Vinum - HELP


I'm trying to use vinum to create a single volume over 4 identical SCSI

Currently, each disk has a slice 8100MB in size at:


Each disk is 'dangerously dedicated'.

Using 'dsiklabel -e device', I've renamed the FS from 'BSD4.2' to 'vinum'
and created the following 'vinum.conf' in /etc:

drive a device /dev/da1e
drive b device /dev/da2e
drive c device /dev/da3e
drive d device /dev/da4e
volume myvolume
plex org striped 512k
sd length 8100m drive a
sd length 8100m drive b
sd length 8100m drive c
sd length 8100m drive d

I then 'vinum create -f /etc/vinum.conf'

This is where my system gives up. Kernel panic. Dead. Gone. RIP.

I was wondering if it's something to do with my initial setup and formatting
of the disks ... should they be mentioned in '/etc/fstab'? How should they
be mentioned in '/etc/fstab'.

Any / all advice welcome!


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