[linux-lvm] Move pvmove questions Was: Need help with a particular use-case for pvmove.

Stirling Westrup swestrup at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 22:06:16 UTC 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Alasdair G Kergon <agk at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 03:40:25PM -0500, Stirling Westrup wrote:
>> It mentions checkpointing, but gives no further information. It
>> certainly doesn't say anything about how often they are done, or under
>> what circumstances.
> It's in there, but the man page would indeed benefit from more repetition
> and examples.  Patches welcome!
>       Every logical volume in the volume group is searched for *contiguous
>       data* that need moving according to the  command  line  arguments.   For
>       each  piece  of  data  found,  a new *segment* is added to the end of the
>       pvmove LV.  This segment takes the form of a *temporary mirror*  to  copy
>       the data from the original location to a newly-allocated location.
>       A daemon repeatedly checks progress at the specified time interval.
>       When it detects that the first *temporary mirror* is in-sync,  it  breaks
>       that  mirror  so that only the new location for that data gets used and
>       writes a *checkpoint* into the volume group metadata on  disk.
> So checkpoint at first daemon check interval after temp mirror in-sync, and
> one temp mirror per item of contiguous data to be moved.

The interpretation you give is only possible if one knows what the
man-page writer means by 'contiguous data', 'segment' and 'temporary
mirror'. As it was, I didn't and spent some time perusing the man
pages to find anywhere where these terms are defined, with no luck.

So, yes, the man page definitely needs fixing. And that, perhaps,
should be done by someone who has a heck of a lot more familiarity
with the system than I have, or else the resulting man page is likely
to end up BOTH inadequate and erroneous.

Still, I submit that if the man page needs to talk about checkpoints
AT ALL, then there needs to be a user method for determining, the
status of checkpoints during a pvmove.
Stirling Westrup
Programmer, Entrepreneur.

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