[linux-lvm] Problem to remove LVM snaphots

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Mon Apr 26 09:56:53 UTC 2010

Dne 19.4.2010 18:47, François Valenduc napsal(a):
> Le 19/04/10 01:04, Phillip Susi a écrit :
>> On 04/18/2010 04:54 AM, François Valenduc wrote:
>>> Hello everybody,
>>> I am using gentoo and I use LVM snapshots to make backups of my system.
>>> Unfortunately, I always have a problem to remove these. LVM always
>>> complains that it can't remove an open logical volume. However, the
>>> snapshot is unmounted when I try to remove it. It seems it's only
>>> possible to remove the snapshot if the corresponding volume is
>>> deactivated. So, I am forced to boot on a live cd to remove the snapshot
>>> of my root partition. Is this really normal ?
>> No, it is not normal.  Obviously something on your system has the
>> snapshot open.  Perhaps it is being auto mounted?
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> I would really like to know the process which has the snapshot open.The
> script I use to backup my system is the following:
> #!/bin/sh
> logrotate -v -f /etc/logrotate.conf
> vgcfgbackup
> lvcreate -L1G -n backup -s /dev/gentoo/root
> if [ $? = 0 ]; then
>         if [ ! -e /mnt/backup ]; then
>                 mkdir /mnt/backup
>         fi
>         mount -o ro /dev/gentoo/backup /mnt/backup
>         cd /mnt/backup
>         NAME="/home/francois/Backup/gentoo_64_$(date +%F).tar.bz2"
>         tar cvfpj ${NAME} --exclude=tmp/* *
>         cd /
>         umount /mnt/backup
>         if [ $? = 0 ]; then
>                 sync
>                 lvremove -f gentoo/backup
>         fi
> fi
> So, the snaphot is clearly unmounted before I try to remove it. But I
> can almost never remove the snaphot. In fact, I have noticed that if I
> don't use the "-f" option, I can remove the snapshot but it always fails
> if I use it. But, I would like to use my script without any confirmation
> message.

Sounds like udev problem.  Most probably gentoo stepped into the udev
mine-field. It's hard to give a good advice - udev currently has its problems.

You may try to experiment - try to disable udev to see whether it helps in
this script case and renable after the script...


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