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

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Wed Sep 16 21:21:25 UTC 2015

Dne 16.9.2015 v 17:30 Chris Friesen napsal(a):
> On 09/16/2015 02:27 AM, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>> Dne 16.9.2015 v 01:03 Chris Friesen napsal(a):
>>> 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?
>> 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
>> 'read-only')
> Right...we're planning on testing out thin provisioning but I have to figure
> out a band-aid solution for products already in use.
> Just to clarify...what does your "access to VG is actually limited only for
> 'read-only'" mean exactly?
> Does it mean:
> 1) I only have read-only access to the LVs within the VG until all LVs in the
> VG are activated?
> or
> 2) I only have readonly access to the VG (so I can't add/remove/modify LVs)
> but I have read/write access to the LVs within the VG.

2. is correct - you will not be able to modify VG content (as read-lock is 
held for VG - and you need write-lock for updates)


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