[linux-lvm] pvmove is blocking all other process until the system is wedged

Brian J. Murrell brian at interlinx.bc.ca
Sun May 2 02:54:16 UTC 2010

After having successfully pvmoved two PVs to one larger PV, one LV at a time, 
unfortunately I need to evacuate it.  Easy peasy, just pvmove the data back to 
the PVs they came from, right?  I wish it were so easy.

The problem is that the pvmove starts and makes progress (~16% of ~200GB last 
time) and eventually it, and the rest of the system comes to a grinding halt 
with all processes blocked with similar stack traces to the following:

[ 8499.592155] cron          D 00000000     0 24508   1094 0x00000000
[ 8499.592155]  e6f77e48 00000086 e6f77e48 00000000 00000000 c0846740 d4f082ac 
[ 8499.592155]  4b087af2 00000468 c0846740 c0846740 d4f082ac c0846740 c0846740 
[ 8499.592155]  4a9175b6 00000468 d4f08000 c1a08740 d4f08000 e6f77e94 e6f77e58 
[ 8499.592155] Call Trace:
[ 8499.592155]  [<c058994a>] io_schedule+0x3a/0x60
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01c9f2d>] sync_page+0x3d/0x50
[ 8499.592155]  [<c0589f97>] __wait_on_bit_lock+0x47/0x90
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01c9ef0>] ? sync_page+0x0/0x50
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01c9ebe>] __lock_page+0x7e/0x90
[ 8499.592155]  [<c0167790>] ? wake_bit_function+0x0/0x50
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01cc0ca>] filemap_fault+0x39a/0x410
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01e4650>] __do_fault+0x40/0x490
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01ea4fb>] ? mmap_region+0x1fb/0x480
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01e6259>] handle_mm_fault+0x139/0x390
[ 8499.592155]  [<c058da8d>] do_page_fault+0x10d/0x3a0
[ 8499.592155]  [<c01de9cb>] ? sys_mmap_pgoff+0x12b/0x240
[ 8499.592155]  [<c058d980>] ? do_page_fault+0x0/0x3a0
[ 8499.592155]  [<c058b983>] error_code+0x73/0x80

The full list of blocked tasks the last time this happened can be seen at:


Kernel is (Ubuntu's) 2.6.32-21-generic.

Included in this pvmove are the devices hosting the filesystems (i.e. /, /usr, 
/var, /home, etc.) the system is booted on when the pmove is done, if that's 
meaningful.  If I boot from a CD and pvmove this problem does not seem to

Don't forget though, moving all of these same devices onto the disk that I am 
currently trying to move them off of, worked just fine, even while the system 
was booted and running from the filesystems being moved.  Granted, I was moving 
them one at a time before, rather than just trying to evacuate a whole disk as
I am trying to do currently.


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