[linux-lvm] Any way to speed up activation of volumes with snapshots?

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Wed Sep 16 08:27:42 UTC 2015

Dne 16.9.2015 v 01:03 Chris Friesen napsal(a):
> On 09/14/2015 12:05 PM, Chris Friesen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm running a 3.10 kernel with LVM 2.02.95.
>> I'm running into a problem where activating snapshots can take quite a long
>> time, roughly one minute per 25GB of delta between the snapshot and the origin
>> volume.  (See below for my test procedure.)
> As a side question, currently we have a script which runs "vgchange -ay <vg>",
> which will activate the VG.
> This script appears to activate the LVs within the VG serially rather than in
> parallel.  Does it do any processing to determine in which order to activate
> the LVs?
> The reason I ask is that we have an overall timeout on the activate phase,
> after which we'll put any un-activated LVs into an error state.  It would be a
> shame to try to activate a snapshotted LV first, and then timeout without
> activating any of the non-snapshotted LVs.


Sorry, but there is no 'parallel' activation from lvm2 command - as lvm2 is 
not multithreadded app  (and is quite far away from that).

What you can do with recent versions of lvm2 -  you could 'mark' (with 
lvchange --setskipactivation) some LVs to be skipped from normal activation.
Then you could activate such skipped LVs with  'lvchange -ay -K'.

As said lvm2 has not been designed for this case.
(btw during whole activation - your access to VG is actually limited only for 


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