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

WGH wgh at torlan.ru
Thu Aug 2 21:32:21 UTC 2018

On 08/02/2018 09:32 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> WGH (sorry, no idea what your real name is) - what's the source of the
> script that broke? Was it some system script you got from outside and
> likely to affect others too?
> Or was it just some local thing you wrote yourself and was
> unintentionally buggy and nobody else is likely to hit this?
> Because if the latter, if you can work around it and you're the only
> user this hits, we might just be able to ignore it.

The script in question is written by me and contains literally two lines:

    lvcreate --size 5G --snapshot --name snap0 --permission r
    mount /dev/mapper/vg0-snap0 /mnt/rootfs_snapshot

The script is not buggy (I think), it was written under simple
assumption that --permission r works. And it does - unless you happen to
have combination of kernel >=4.16 and lvm2 <2.02.178.

The commit in question appeared only in 4.16, and this kernel version is
not widespread yet. You have to be running both recent kernel and
not-so-recent lvm2 to be bitten by this. This probably explains why no
one else reported this problem.

Workaround certainly exists: I can just create read-write snapshot, but
mount it read-only. The reason why I didn't discover the workaround
earlier is that after unsuccessful read-only snapshot creation system
ends up in some weird state where read-write snapshots are also failing
with the same error (until reboot). So I got a wrong impression that
read-write snapshots were broken as well.

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