[linux-lvm] Creating snapshot causes processes hang?

James G. Sack (jim) jsack at tandbergdatacorp.com
Tue Nov 1 23:20:21 UTC 2005

> Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 16:02:55 -0600
> From: Kelly Sauke <ksauke at fastenal.com>
> Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] Creating snapshot causes processes hang?
> To: LVM general discussion and development <linux-lvm at redhat.com>
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> http://www.redhat.com/archives/linux-lvm/2005-July/msg00117.html

AHA! -- could this be a confirmation of what I have seen where lvremove
triggers the kcopyd BUG and consequent system deadlock?

(ref: my recent posting --  https://www.redhat.com/archives/linux-
lvm/2005-November/msg00002.html, where I report breakage upon lvremove
when there are 2 snapshots and i/o is occurring)

If so, do I also understand correctly that using unreleased patches and
some manual dmsetup commands might constitute a workaround?

I don't mind living with manual workarounds until snapshots is fixed,
but it would be wonderful to see an explicit recipe [for dummies, please
<grin>] for following the suggestions in the AGK july posting referenced
by ksauke, above), namely:

  "Further patches are needed, but those two plus correct dmsetup use
should avoid machine lockups."

In particular:
have any of the 18 patches shown at 
gotten into 2.6.13 or 2.6.14, or into kernels blessed by Fedora? (eg,
FC4-1526, maybe)

And, could someone give me an example of "correct dmsetup" use? I
presume it involves suspend and resume -- but what else?

.. and in my case, what if there is an existing snapshot when I need to
create/remove a second one?


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