[linux-lvm] How to stop MERGE? (was Re: more vg problems or oddities...not using dmsetup remove seems to be bad?)

Linda A. Walsh lvm at tlinx.org
Mon Sep 12 17:27:35 UTC 2011

Stuart D. Gathman wrote:
> In the OP problem, we don't know the exact error message, so perhaps
> the snapshot really was open.  In any case, she needs to stop the
> merge from happening the next time the LV is activated.
I've only seen 1 error message ..

Ah....here are the two messages...this ****IS NOT*** a snapshot volume...
it's a static volume!

Here's lvs.  I'm going to remove the oldest static 'snap' (not an active
snapshot, but a copy of one that existed back then.  It's currently
mounted, .. (lv Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15; you'll never guess when the
snapshot was started or what the base LV was.. ;-) )...
It's currently mounted, and no 's' in status... (i.e. not an active 

NOTE, poor 'Home' has 'O' status -- thinks it is MERGing, but nothing
for it to MERGE with! -- this is a problem waiting to happen that I need

# lvs
  LV                       VG         Attr   LSize  
  Backups                  Backups    -wi-ao  10.91t
  Home                     Home+Space Owi-ao   1.00t
  Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15 Home+Space -wi-ao 171.00g    <-about to remove
  Home-2011.07.25-16.24.53 Home+Space -wi-ao   1.88g
  Home-2011.08.31-07.34.53 Home+Space -wi-ao   1.86g
  Home-2011.09.04-19.25.08 Home+Space swi-ao   1.00t Home     1.25
  Home.diff                Home+Space -wi-ao 512.00g

# lvremove /dev/Home+Space/Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15    # first w/o 
umounting it...
Can't remove open logical volume "Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15"
ok... so lets. unmount it...
# umount /home/snapdir/@GMT-2011.07.20-13.43.15
# lvremove /dev/Home+Space/Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15
Do you really want to remove active logical volume 
Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15? [y/n]: y
  Logical volume "Home-2011.07.20-13.43.15" successfully removed

This isn't helpful...as it's not *really* active in any way to the OS...
though it might still be 'activated'...(that's why I'm trying to
remove it...!)...

It was created w/lvcreate, so ... opposite of lvcreate would be
lvremove, no?...  there is no 'lvucreate'.. ;-/

FWIW...Home is even more confused...

Thought it was going to merge with a volume from 2011.09.03-xxxx, but
dmsetup remove on /dev/Home+Space/Home-2011.09.03-xxxx suceeded w/o force
as well as:

So now, /Home... what's it going to merge w/?  (Garbage likely...)...

That's what I love about the M5 computer, er, LVM2 Merge option:
 "No off switch"...

(last crewman who tried to pull the plug got zapped...didn't know lvm
was so dangerous!...;-) ).

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