[linux-lvm] snapshot with bigmem broken

Andrew Rechenberg arechenberg at shermfin.com
Wed May 21 10:45:02 UTC 2003

I have HIGHMEM enabled on my kernel but I have to limit the memory to
~6GB for snapshots to work.  I added mem=6000M to my kernel command line
and snapshots work fine.  

I also found this thread on the LKML that has a patch that may fix the


The only machine we have that has >4GB RAM is a production box and I
really don't want to test something in production (call me crazy :) ).

Here are my specs:

Kernel 2.4.18-27.SHRbigmem
LVM 1.0.7

Hope this helps,

On Fri, 2003-05-16 at 08:38, Lauro, John wrote:
> > > I did more testing, and it appears that snapshots in LVM will not
> work
> > > with either 4GB or or 64GB support enabled in the kernel under
> 2.4.20.
> > > This includes both LVM 1.0.7 or the latest LVM2.
> > >
> > 
> > That's a known issue. You are faced with a VM flaw.
> > 
> > I presume that it's not LVM snapshots only bacause HIGHMEM is
> > basically broken.
> Can you give more specifics/examples/web links/etc?  Does this mean I
> should avoid LVM completely with HIGHMEM?  What if any other problems
> should I expect with LVM (and/or other software)?
> > > Is there anyone using LVM snapshots with 64GB RAM support (or even
> 4GB
> > > RAM support, as snapshots would be good for at least our medium
> size
> > > servers if not our large ones)?  Is so, let me know the kernel
> version
> > > and LVM version you are using so that I can try it.
> > 
> > Probably not, because the system lifelocks on bounce buffers (which
> is
> > the sympton of the principle HIGHMEM bug).
> > Obviously not a lot of HIGHMEM users out there raising priorities to
> fix
> > this.
> Is this easy to reproduce?  If so, how?  Sounds like I am either a
> lucky early adopter of a >4GB Libux system, and/or the problem is rare
> even on HIGHMEM systems?
> Thanks.
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Andrew Rechenberg <arechenberg at shermfin.com>
Infrastrucutre Team, Sherman Financial Group

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