VGIMPORT(8)                                                        VGIMPORT(8)

       vgimport - make volume groups known to the system

       vgimport  [-d|--debug]  [-f|--force]  [-h|--help]  [-v|--verbose]  Vol-
       umeGroupName PhysicalVolumePath [PhysicalVolumePath...]

       vgimport allows you to make a volume group known to  the  system  which
       has previously been exported (see vgexport(8) ) on this or another sys-

       -d, --debug
              Enables additional debugging output (if compiled with DEBUG).

       -f, --force
              Force import of volume group  even  though  it  is  not  flagged
              exported.   This  option  allows  the importing of volume groups
              from broken systems.

       -h, --help
              Print a usage message on standard output and exit  successfully.

       -v, --verbose
              Display verbose runtime information about vgimport's activities.

       "vgimport myvg /dev/sd[b-h]5" tries to make  new  volume  group  "myvg"
       known  to  the  system. The previously exported volume group (see vgex-
       port(8) ) resides on disk partitions "/dev/sdb5" to "/dev/sdh5".

       vgimport returns an exit code of 0 for success and > 0 for error:

       1  no volume group name on command line
       2  invalid volume group name
       3  no physical volume(s) on command line
       4  volume group already exists
       5  physical volume occurs mutiple times on command line
       6  invalid physical volume name
       7  error reading physical volume
       8  physical volume is not exported
       9  error reallocating memory
       10 error allocating memory
       11 no valid physical volumes found
       12 physical volume belongs to a different exported volume group
       13 wrong number of physical volumes
       14 error reading VGDA from disk(s)
       15 VGDA is inconsistent
       16 invalid logical volume count
       17 error getting a free volume group number
       18 error writing VGDA to physical volumes
       19 error creating VGDA in kernel
       20 error inserting volume group into lvmtab
       21 error doing backup of VGDA to disk
       22 error storing VGDA in lvmtab
       23 not enough free logical volume manager block specials available

       95 driver/module not in kernel
       96 invalid I/O protocol version
       97 error locking logical volume manager
       98 invalid lvmtab (run vgscan(8))
       99 invalid command line

       "vgimport this_import /dev/sdk3 /dev/sdj4" tries  to  import  a  volume
       group  contained  on  both partitions. The volume group this_import may
       not already exit. You have to specify all physical volumes belonging to
       the exported volume group.

See also
       lvm(8), lvcreate(8)

       Heinz Mauelshagen <>

Heinz Mauelshagen                  LVM TOOLS                       VGIMPORT(8)