Saving The Structure Of A VG

This process uses the savevg command to backup the VG structure information. I used to to this by first excluding any filesystems from the backup by populating the /etc/ files with all the filesystems, but IBM introducted the “-r” flag that does the same thing.  We purposely exclude rootvg from this because all the rootvg filesysetems will be in the mksysb backup.

# Author: Patrick Vaughan -
# Purpose:
# Saves VG structure to files for easy recovery
# Restore with:
# restvg -f /vgdata/savevg.VGNAME DISKNAME
$" = "";
$GREP = "/usr/bin/grep";
$LSVG = "/usr/sbin/lsvg";
$EXCLUDE_VGS = "rootvg"; # VGs to exclude in a REGEXP
$VGDATA_DIR = "/vgdata";
if ( ! -d "$VGDATA_DIR" ) {
         mkdir("$VGDATA_DIR") || die("Could not create directory $VGDATA_DIR: $@ \n");
@VGS = grep(!/$EXCLUDE_VGS/, `$LSVG -o`);
for ( @VGS ) {
         $vg = $_;
#       exclude files are no longer necessary since the -r flag was introduced
#       if ( -f "/etc/exclude.$vg" ) {
#               unlink("/etc/exclude.$vg") || die("Could not remove file /etc/exclude.$vg: $@\n");
#       }
#       (@LVs) = grep(/^\//, split(/\s+/, `$LSVG -l $vg`, -1 ) );
#       open(EXCLUDE_VG, ">/etc/exclude.$vg") or die("Could not create file /etc/exclude.$vg: $@\n");
#       for (@LVs) {
#               # populate /etc/ with ^./filesystem/ because we don't want the data
#               print EXCLUDE_VG ("^.$_/\n");
#       }
#       close(EXCLUDE_VG);
#       undef(@LVs);

         print "savevg of $vg to $VGDATA_DIR/savevg.$vg starting.\n";
         system(`savevg -irf $VGDATA_DIR/savevg.$vg $vg`);
         print "savevg of $vg to $VGDATA_DIR/savevg.$vg complete.\n";

# We're done with the exclude files, lets delete them
#       unlink("/etc/exclude.$vg") || die("Could not remove file /etc/exclude.$vg: $@\n");

This will create one file in the directory /vgdata for each volume group on the system.  You can then use the restvg -f /vgdata/ to restore the VG data.  Check the restvg man page for more information.

To get information about the backup run:

restvg -l -f savevg.X
VOLUME GROUP:           sharedGvg
BACKUP DATE/TIME:       Tue May 29 09:33:56 EDT 2007
UNAME INFO:             AIX cnpg 3 5 002680EF4C00
BACKUP SIZE (MB):       15008
SHRINK SIZE (MB):       1727
VG DATA ONLY:           no
LV NAME             TYPE       LPs   PPs   PVs  LV STATE      MOUNT POINT
shareGlv            jfs2       938   938   1    open/syncd    /shared

You can see the VG size and LV info to make decisions on restoring the VG.

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