[linux-lvm] vgchange --deltag core dump

John DeFranco defranco at cup.hp.com
Fri Sep 15 16:45:26 UTC 2006

Hi all,

During a test I am running I have vary rarely encountered the following 
vgchange core dump. I see no other errors on the system. The dump seems
pretty obvious we tried to do a strncpy from an illegal address (p->tb)
but I don't know how that would have occured. The vg is not being 
touched and we have run a vgchange set of command (--addtag,  -a y,
-a n, --deltag) many, many times prior to this and again after. Seems
like something is going on that I don't quite understand.

This is on rh4U2 ipf and the following lvm version
(but have seen this same problem on other archs as well). I did build
a debug version of the tools which were used in an attempt to get more

[root at boil pkg-2346_6]# uname -a
Linux boil.cup.hp.com 2.6.9-22.EL #1 SMP Mon Sep 19 17:54:55 EDT 2005 
ia64 ia64 ia64 GNU/Linux
[root at boil pkg-2346_6]# cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 2)
[root at boil pkg-2346_6]# lvm version
   LVM version:     2.01.14 (2005-08-04)
   Library version: 1.01.04 (2005-08-02)
   Driver version:  4.4.0
[root at boil pkg-2346_6]#

[root at boil vgchange]# gdb vgchange core.1
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This GDB was configured as "ia64-redhat-linux-gnu"...Using host 
libthread_db lib
rary "/lib/tls/libthread_db.so.1".

Reading symbols from shared object read from target memory...done.
Loaded system supplied DSO at 0xa000000000000000
Core was generated by `vgchange --deltag boil.cup.hp.com vgsb4'.
Program terminated with signal 7, Bus error.

warning: svr4_current_sos: Can't read pathname for load map: 
Input/output error

Reading symbols from /lib/libdevmapper.so.1.01...done.
Loaded symbols for /lib/libdevmapper.so.1.01
Reading symbols from /lib/libselinux.so.1...done.
Loaded symbols for /lib/libselinux.so.1
Reading symbols from /lib/libdl.so.2...done.
Loaded symbols for /lib/libdl.so.2
Reading symbols from /lib/tls/libc.so.6.1...done.
Loaded symbols for /lib/tls/libc.so.6.1
Reading symbols from /lib/ld-linux-ia64.so.2...done.
Loaded symbols for /lib/ld-linux-ia64.so.2
#0  0x2000000000196870 in strncpy () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6.1
(gdb) bt
#0  0x2000000000196870 in strncpy () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6.1
#1  0x400000000006f420 in _dup_tok (p=0x600000000002c1f0)
     at config/config.c:711
#2  0x400000000006d8d0 in _type (p=0x600000000002c1f0) at 
#3  0x400000000006d150 in _value (p=0x600000000002c1f0) at 
#4  0x400000000006cf40 in _section (p=0x600000000002c1f0)
     at config/config.c:452
#5  0x400000000006ccb0 in _section (p=0x600000000002c1f0)
     at config/config.c:438
#6  0x400000000006c860 in _file (p=0x600000000002c1f0) at 
#7  0x400000000006b050 in read_config_fd (cft=0x600000000002c1a8,
     dev=0x60000000000301d8, offset=0, size=629, offset2=0, size2=0,
     checksum_fn=0, checksum=0) at config/config.c:191
#8  0x400000000006b7f0 in read_config_file (cft=0x600000000002c1a8)
     at config/config.c:248
#9  0x4000000000084d30 in persistent_filter_load (f=0x600000000002c0b8)
     at filters/filter-persistent.c:109
#10 0x4000000000066be0 in _init_filters (cmd=0x6000000000011278)
     at commands/toolcontext.c:609
#11 0x4000000000068fd0 in create_toolcontext (the_args=0x6000000000000ff0)
     at commands/toolcontext.c:951
#12 0x4000000000023c70 in _init_lvm () at lvmcmdline.c:945
#13 0x4000000000024c00 in lvm2_main (argc=4, argv=0x60000fffffffbaf8,
---Type <return> to continue, or q <return> to quit---
     is_static=0) at lvmcmdline.c:1376
#14 0x400000000005a580 in main ()
(gdb) fr 1
#1  0x400000000006f420 in _dup_tok (p=0x600000000002c1f0)
     at config/config.c:711
711             strncpy(str, p->tb, len);
(gdb) print str
$1 = 0x600000000002c390 
(gdb) print p->tb
$2 = 0x200000000345409d <Address 0x200000000345409d out of bounds>
(gdb) print len
$3 = 9

John DeFranco                  Hewlett Packard Company
john.defranco at hp.com           Availability Clusters Solution Lab
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