May 14, 2013

Grow LUKS encrypted LVM /home partition


I run Fedora in VMware Fusion and needed more space in /home than I had initially anticipated. Luckily I had some space left on my Mac and shut shutdown the VM, went into the Fusion settings then increased the VMs disk size by 10GB after that I needed to apply the space to my /home patition which was an encrypted LV.

First step was to reboot into Single User Mode, from there I created a new ext2 partition (doesn’t really matter that it’s ext2, we’ll deal with that) with parted using the new free space this was /dev/sda3 You could also just extend the existing physical partition, but I felt safer doing it like this, and hey, that’s what LVM is for.

Take a look at your /etc/fstab and you’ll see the /dev/mapper/luks-biglonguuid device that is your encrypted partition

And there you have it!

Originally learned this from here and expanded on the explanations a bit