[linux-lvm] LVM thin pool discard_max_bytes reports 0

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Thu Aug 7 07:57:03 UTC 2014

Dne 7.8.2014 07:03, Timur Alperovich napsal(a):
> I have managed to answer my own questions.
> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM, Timur Alperovich <timur at maginatics.com
> <mailto:timur at maginatics.com>> wrote:
>     Hi there,
>     I was trying to understand why fstrim would fail on an LVM thin
>     provisioned volume and figured out that the discard_max_bytes is reported
>     as 0 in /sys/block/dm-N/queue/discard_max_bytes (I checked the device that
>     corresponded to the LVM pool that the volume is created within). The
>     discard options are also disabled for the thin volume itself. I'm
>     observing this issue on an Ubuntu 12.04 system, running kernel 3.8.0-32,
>     and LVM2 2.02.98 backported to Ubuntu 12.04
>     (https://launchpad.net/~timur-alperovich/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+packages).
>     I did a small experiment where I created another LVM pool within the same
>     volume group and the discard value was set to 65536 for that device. I'm
>     not sure if it matters, but the system is an running on ESXi 5.0 host.
>     While I don't necessarily expect discard to propagate to the host, I was
>     hoping to reclaim the block in the thin pool itself.
>     Could anyone shed some light on why discard may be disabled on an LVM thin
>     pool device? I tried looking for any bugs specific to TRIM or discard
>     subsequent to 2.02.98, but could not find anything definitive.
> I noticed the following in the 2.02.98 changelog:
> "Reinstate correct default to ignore discards for thin metadata from old tools."
> and this looks like the associated commit:
> commit 109b3bb49b31d5fa7f6d0dd23345d703ab866ad6
> Author: Zdenek Kabelac <zkabelac at redhat.com <mailto:zkabelac at redhat.com>>
> Date:   Tue Aug 21 15:51:54 2012 +0200
>      thin: discard
> The commit changes the default discard value to "ignore" and this can be
> confirmed with lvs -o +discards
>     Also, is there a way to enable discard without having to recreate the thin
>     pool?
> Yes, it can be changed with lvchange --discards passdown (being mindful of
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=903411)
>     Thank you,
>     Timur

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