[linux-lvm] corruption on reattaching cache

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Fri Jun 10 09:09:50 UTC 2016

Dne 9.6.2016 v 22:24 Markus Mikkolainen napsal(a):
> I seem to have hit the same snag as Mark describes in his post.
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/linux-lvm/2015-April/msg00025.html
> with kernel 4.4.6 I detached (--splitcache) a writeback cache from a mounted
> lv which was then synchronized and detached. Then I reattached it and shortly
> detached it again. What was interesting is that after the second detach it
> synchronized AGAIN starting from 100% , and then I started getting filesystem
> errors. I immediately shutdown, and forced an fsck , and didnt lose that much
> data, but still had some stuff to correct.
> It looked to me like a detached cache, being reattached will retain all cached
> data on it, even though it was supposed to be written to the backing disk, and
> then instead of marking it clean on attaching, it will continue serving old
> data from the cache.

Yes - known issue,  --splitcache is rather for 'debugging' purposes.
Use --uncache  and create new cache when needed.

Splitted cache needs to be cleared on reattachment - but that needs further 
code rework.

The idea behind is - we want to support 'offline' writeback of data as ATM
cache target doesn't work well if there is any disk error - i.e. cache is in 
writeback mode and has 'error' sector - you can't clean such cache...



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