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I am having an issue mounting a logical drive to a folder on a RHEL VM. Below are the steps I took:

1. added a new drive to my computer (allocated more space to the VM)
2. created partition, sdb1, using 'fdisk /dev/sdb' and set to "linux LVM" (8e)
3. formatted sdb1 to ext3 with following cmd: mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
4. added sdb1 to volume: vgextend /dev/sdb1
5. Created Logical volume: lvcreate -L 10G VolGroup00
6. Mounted: mount -t ext3 /dev/VolGroup00/lvol0 /test

the mount command gave me the following error:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/VolGroup00/lvol0,
   missing codepage or other error
   In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
   dmesg | tail  or so

When I run dmesg | tail I get:

VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev dm-2.

Is there something I did wrong? I dont know why it cant find the ext3 filesystem because I definitely created it. I have redone this twice now.

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You seem to have forgot mke2fs -j /dev/VolGroup00/lvol0. – Sami Laine Mar 14 '14 at 15:35
thank you! That worked. One question: What is the difference between mke2fs and mkfs.ext3? when calling mkfs.ext3 it did not work. When calling mke2fs as you suggested, it worked. I did not specify the -j option on my mkfs.ext3 command because the man page says its already implied for mkfs.ext3 – user972276 Mar 14 '14 at 15:44
mkfs.ext3 and mke2fs -j produce identical results, EXT3 is basically EXT2 with journaling and -j just toggles the journaling on. – Sami Laine Mar 14 '14 at 17:00
yeah thats what I thought! I completely missed your point the first time around. I read your comment as mke2fs -j /dev/sdb1 instead of mke2fs -j /dev/VolGroup00/lvol0. I just copied and pasted your code and ran it and still missed that I needed to create the file system on the LV instead of the PV. I was racking my head trying to figure out the difference between what you suggested and what I did. Thanks for your help! – user972276 Mar 14 '14 at 18:34
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As Sami Laine pointed out, I had created the filesystem on the physical volume, but not the logical volume. Here is the command I forgot:

mke2fs -j /dev/VolGroup00/lvol0
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