Daily Archives: 2018-01-06

Reducing swap partition on lvm on ubuntu server

So the server I have hosted at Dacentec is starting to show its age and limitations.  Luckily I can get my hands on some decent hardware thanks to ebay and other methods.  So the past few days when time allows I have been working on building a replacement 1u server to what I currently have.  In doing so I am taking the RAM from 16GB to 196GB. With that said the system is installed with a stock ubuntu 17.10 server using guided lvm partitioning.  Which thinks like days of old where total ram equals the swap size needed.

Avoiding the whole debate of how much swap would be ideal. I am just going to scale it back to about 16GB.  Thus freeing up about 80% of the OS RAID 1 drives.

As always google and a stackoverflow/askubuntu (Ref links below) along with some good old fashion thinking.

[email protected]:~# lvs
  LV     VG       Attr       LSize   Pool Origin Data%  Meta%  Move Log Cpy%Sync Convert
  root   atlas-vg -wi-ao----  86.88g                                                    
  swap_1 atlas-vg -wi-ao---- 191.95g                                                    

[email protected]:~# swapoff /dev/atlas-vg/swap_1

[email protected]:~# lvreduce --size 16G /dev/atlas-vg/swap_1
  WARNING: Reducing active logical volume to 16.00 GiB.
  THIS MAY DESTROY YOUR DATA (filesystem etc.)
Do you really want to reduce atlas-vg/swap_1? [y/n]: y
  Size of logical volume atlas-vg/swap_1 changed from 191.95 GiB (49140 extents) to 16.00 GiB (4096 extents).
  Logical volume atlas-vg/swap_1 successfully resized.

[email protected]:~# mkswap /dev/atlas-vg/swap_1
mkswap: /dev/atlas-vg/swap_1: warning: wiping old swap signature.
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 16 GiB (17179865088 bytes)
no label, UUID=f0260f73-bf13-41d4-af79-3203114b3f9d

[email protected]:~# swapon /dev/atlas-vg/swap_1

[email protected]:~# lvs
  LV     VG       Attr       LSize  Pool Origin Data%  Meta%  Move Log Cpy%Sync Convert
  root   atlas-vg -wi-ao---- 86.88g                                                    
  swap_1 atlas-vg -wi-ao---- 16.00g    


Reference URL: https://askubuntu.com/questions/226520/how-to-modify-size-of-swap-with-a-lvm-partition
Reference URL: https://askubuntu.com/a/303723

Disable Systemd DNS resolver

I ran into an issue recently where I tracked back that the systemd resolver was trying to be a tad to helpful and causing me pain through DNS.  So I set out to kill and keep it disabled across reboots.  In some quick googling I found a good answer on askubuntu.com.

Regurgitating what the answer is for my reference later and for anyone to find.  (Along with a reference link below)

  1. Disable systemd-resolvd service:
    sudo systemctl disable systemd-resolved.service
    sudo systemctl disable systemd-resolved-update-resolvconf.service
    sudo service systemd-resolved stop
  2. If file exists, add to “[main]” section in /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
  3. Delete symlink and replace /etc/resolv.conf
  4. Restart network-manager
    sudo service network-manager restart
Reference URL: https://askubuntu.com/questions/907246/how-to-disable-systemd-resolved-in-ubuntu
Reference URL: https://askubuntu.com/a/907249