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Re: [Xen-users] can't mount vfat fs on lvm created by winxp guest

On 23:02 Fri 27 Apr     , Yann Boutin wrote:
> Greetings, 
> I've had no success with mounting a vfat file system created by a 
> Windows XP guest on a lvm volume.
> # mount -t vfat /dev/vg1/win1 /mnt/
> mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/vg1/win1,
>        missing codepage or other error
>        In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
>        dmesg | tail  or so
> # dmesg
> FAT: invalid media value (0xb9)
> VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev dm-0.
> # lvm version
>   LVM version:     2.02.10 (2006-09-19)
>   Library version: 1.02.10 (2006-09-19)
>   Driver version:  4.7.0
> # uname -a
> Linux gentoo 2.6.18-xen #6 SMP Sun Apr 22 12:11:43 CEST 2007 i686 
> Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU          6300  @ 1.86GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
> Help  would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!

Finally I've found a solution. Actually the real FAT32 partition starts
63 sectors ahead the first sector of the logical volume. I think that's
because Windows XP guest consider this volume as a physical disk and not as a 
partition. As a result the MediaDescriptor (15th word in boot sector) contained 
a wrong value, b9 as reported in previous error message (FAT: invalid media 
value (0xb9)). For information it appears that the MediaDescriptor should 
contain F8 see : http://averstak.tripod.com/fatdox/bootsec.htm. Well to solve 
my problem I use device-mapper to remap the logical volume 63 sectors ahead as 

printing actual map table
# dmsetup table
vg1-win2: 0 12582912 linear 8:6 14680448

we can see that it starts at 14680448. So 14680448 + 63 = 14680511 and
then we can remap it with this value:
# dmsetup create vg1-win2-p1 --table "0 12582912 linear /dev/sda6

for further explanation of this command see
#man 8 dmsetup

and then I could mount my partition without problem
# mount /dev/mapper/vg1-win2-p1 /mnt/

I'm aware that it's not really a xen related problem but I hope that it
could help someone, one day, someone who should consider accessing
windows guest fs with lvm. Note that this problem is exactly the same with NTFS 
and is solved the same too.


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