[linux-lvm] Limitation: only < 32 snapshots possible

Daniel Schwager daniel.schwager at dtnet.de
Sat Apr 14 13:27:03 UTC 2007

Hi together,

i create 5 LV's (e.g. play1..n) and therefore, i created 10 snapshots
for each LV. After 32 snapshots (should 5*10 = 50 snapshots), i got the
following error:
    "device-mapper: reload ioctl failed: Cannot allocate memory"

My versions (on debian etch):
    xentor:/etc/lvm# lvm version
      LVM version:     2.02.07 (2006-07-17)
      Library version: 1.02.08 (2006-07-17)
      Driver version:  4.7.0

I looked arround and found  
http://sources.redhat.com/lvm2/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions      (last 
topic on page):

    *  > Known problem - will be partially solved by new DM-IO interface.
    *  > But anyway, current snapshot implementation is not properly
      designed for such type of operation (many snapshots will
      significantly slow down all IO).

QUESTION: Is this limitiation fixed in the current version 2.02.24 from 

Thanks for helping



BTW: I want to clone (means create LVMs-snapshot) about 40 xen vm's 
running on 4 xen-server ..
therefore it would nice to use the LVM2-snapshot-feature (instead of 

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