[dm-devel] LVM snapshot broke between 4.14 and 4.16

Linus Torvalds torvalds at linux-foundation.org
Thu Aug 2 16:41:34 UTC 2018

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 8:16 AM WGH <wgh at torlan.ru> wrote:
> On 08/02/2018 04:31 PM, Ilya Dryomov wrote:
> >
> > From a quick look, --permission r sets DM_READONLY_FLAG, which makes dm
> > mark the disk read-only with set_disk_ro(dm_disk(md), 1) in do_resume().
> > A bit later it tries to write to the disk from write_header():
> >
> >   return chunk_io(ps, ps->header_area, 0, REQ_OP_WRITE, 0, 1);
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> >                 Ilya
> After further investigation, this was fixed on lvm2 side (userspace) in
> https://sourceware.org/git/?p=lvm2.git;a=commit;h=a6fdb9d9d70f51c49ad11a87ab4243344e6701a3
> (snapshot: keep COW writable for read-only volumes).
> So I guess that's it. Time to poke my distribution package maintainers
> to bump the package version.

That is *not* how kernel development is supposed to work. If your
script used to work, it should continue to work.

Why did it use to work despite that read-only flag? And what was it
that actually broke this?

We remain bug-for-bug compatible with older kernel versions when
people depend on the bugs. Unless the old bugs are security issues,
and even then we try to make it _look_ like we work the same way.

Or was it a user-space lvm tool that broke in the first place, and the
kernel release update was a red herring?


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