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I have 2 suggestions. The first is in reply to your problem and the second is an alternative solution.


Make a backup of your files

You need your root filesystem offline to shrink it. You can do that by booting the livecd and use the tools on it.

You might be able to use "system-config-lvm" if it is on the livecd or install it on the running livecd. Or install the livecd to an usb stick and run it from there. Otherwise you have to do all the steps manually.

If your root and home filesystems are using ext3, ext4 or xfs you should be able to use system-config-lvm. (as far as I can tell)

If you are using any other filesystems on root or home you need to do the shrinking, moving and expanding manually.

Search google for "LVM shrink" or "LVM resize" to find some guides for doing this manually. It is to complex to describe all of it here.

Make sure you have a backup of your files before starting. Your computer might crash, loose power or something else might go wrong


I would recommend that you:

  1. make a backup of your files.
  2. do a fresh install of fedora 16 without lvm and partition the disk as you want it.
  3. install any missing software.
  4. copy the files from the backup.

It will almost certainly be much faster, safer and easier than messing with lvm.