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           pvcreate  [-d|--debug] [-f[f]|--force [--force]] [-y|--yes] [-h|--help]
           [-t|--test]  [-v|--verbose]   [--labelsector]   [-M|--metadatatypetype]
           [--[pv]metadatacopies#copies]  [--metadatasizesize] [--dataalignmental-
           ignment]  [--dataalignmentoffsetalignment_offset]   [--restorefilefile]
           [--setphysicalvolumesizesize]        [-u|--uuiduuid]        [--version]
           [-Z|--zeroy|n] PhysicalVolume [PhysicalVolume...]


           pvcreate initializes PhysicalVolume for later use by the Logical Volume
           Manager  (LVM).   Each  PhysicalVolume  can  be a disk partition, whole
           disk, meta device, or loopback file.  For DOS disk partitions, the par-
           tition id should be set to 0x8e using fdisk(8), cfdisk(8), or a equiva-
           lent.  For whole disk devices only the partition table must be  erased,
           which will effectively destroy all data on that disk.  This can be done
           by zeroing the first sector with:
           dd if=/dev/zero of=PhysicalVolume bs=512 count=1
           Continue with vgcreate(8) to create a new volume group on  PhysicalVol-
           ume,  or vgextend(8) to add PhysicalVolume to an existing volume group.


           See lvm(8) for common options.
           -f, --force
                  Force the creation without any confirmation.  You can not recre-
                  ate  (reinitialize)  a  physical volume belonging to an existing
                  volume group.  In an emergency you can override  this  behaviour
                  with -ff.
           -u, --uuid uuid
                  Specify  the uuid for the device.  Without this option, pvcreate
                  generates a random uuid.  All of your physical volumes must have
                  unique  uuids.   You  need to use this option before restoring a
                  backup of LVM metadata onto a replacement device - see  vgcfgre-
           -y, --yes
                  Answer yes to all questions.
           -Z, --zero y|n
                  Whether  or  not  the first 4 sectors (2048 bytes) of the device
                  should be wiped.  If this option is not given, the default is to
                  wipe these sectors unless either or both of the --restorefile or
                  --uuid options were specified.


           LVM2 introduces a new format for storing metadata on  disk.   This  new
           format  is  more  efficient  and resilient than the format the original
           version of LVM used and offers the advanced  user  greater  flexibility
           and control.
                  data area.  (The size you specify may get rounded.)
           --dataalignment alignment
                  Align  the  start of the data to a multiple of this number.  You
                  should also specify an appropriate PhysicalExtentSize when  cre-
                  ating the Volume Group with vgcreate.
                  To  see the location of the first Physical Extent of an existing
                  Physical Volume use pvs -o +pe_start .  It will be a multiple of
                  the  requested  alignment.   In  addition  it  may be shifted by
                  alignment_offset   from   data_alignment_offset_detection    (if
                  enabled in lvm.conf) or --dataalignmentoffset.
           --dataalignmentoffset alignment_offset
                  Shift  the  start  of  the  data  area by this additional align-
           --[pv]metadatacopies copies
                  The number of metadata areas to set aside on each PV.  Currently
                  this  can  be  0, 1 or 2.  If set to 2, two copies of the volume
                  group metadata are held on the PV, one at the front  of  the  PV
                  and one at the end.  If set to 1 (the default), one copy is kept
                  at the front of the PV (starting in the 5th sector).  If set  to
                  0,  no  copies  are kept on this PV - you might wish to use this
                  with VGs containing large numbers of PVs.  But if  you  do  this
                  and then later use vgsplit you must ensure that each VG is still
                  going to have a suitable number of copies of the metadata  after
                  the split!
           --restorefile file
                  In  conjunction with --uuid, this extracts the location and size
                  of the data on the PV from the file  (produced  by  vgcfgbackup)
                  and  ensures that the metadata that the program produces is con-
                  sistent with the contents of the file i.e. the physical  extents
                  will  be  in the same place and not get overwritten by new meta-
                  data.  This provides a mechanism to upgrade the metadata  format
                  or  to add/remove metadata areas. Use with care. See also vgcon-
           --labelsector sector
                  By default the PV is labelled with an  LVM2  identifier  in  its
                  second  sector (sector 1).  This lets you use a different sector
                  near the start of the disk (between 0  and  3  inclusive  -  see
                  LABEL_SCAN_SECTORS in the source).  Use with care.
           --setphysicalvolumesize size
                  Overrides  the  automatically-detected size of the PV.  Use with


           Initialize partition #4 on the third SCSI disk  and  the  entire  fifth
           SCSI disk for later use by LVM:

    Sistina Software UK LVM TOOLS 2.02.66(2) (2010-05-20) PVCREATE(8)


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