[linux-lvm] Lvm Strange Problem

Stuart D. Gathman stuart at bmsi.com
Mon Oct 11 21:39:19 UTC 2010

On Mon, 11 Oct 2010, Jörg Stephan wrote:

> > I believe your problem is with your SAN, not LVM (you did mention using
> > iSCSI).  I'm talking about SAN snapshots, not LVM snapshots (although the
> > SAN server could very well use LVM underneath).  The SAN volumes have no
> > names, just LUNs.  At boot, they are searched for a matching UUID, just
> > like directly attached physical volumes.  When taking a SAN snapshot
> > (clone), the UUID of the clone is the same as the original, whether a
> > filesystem or VG is on the SAN LUN.
> Okay, but we dont use SAN snapshots, we use an lvcreate --snapshot on
> the client. So the storage just dont know about them.
> What happens is, we lv snapshot a volume, mount it copy the data to the
> new volume we create after snapshooting the source, remove the old
> snapshot and turning of the new machine. It rans about half an year,
> gets stoped, and after it turning on again the lvm data on the iscsi
> volume is last cahnged on the 23 februar 2010, even if the snapshot was
> made much earlier.

If the contents of (50% of) your SAN disks have reverted, then your issue
is with SAN (iSCSI is a SAN protocol), not with LVM.  

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