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[linux-lvm] Cannot get rid of root filesystem LVM snapshot



Hi all,

I am writing here with hope somebody had already run and successfully
resolved this issue. I am on CentOS 4.4 with kernel
kernel-smp-2.6.9-200.0.2.EL.iworx.x86_64.rpm. I've been in the process
of creating a backup script which uses LVM snapshoting feature to
backup a snapshot of root filesystem instead of live filesystem.

During testing phase on testing CentOS installation, I've been able to
successfully create, mount, unmount and remove root filesystem
snapshots. On live production system, I've also successfully created,
mounted and unmounted root filesystem snapshot, but I CANNOT REMOVE IT
in any way.

lvremove -f gives following output:
[CODE]File descriptor 3 left open
File descriptor 5 left open
File descriptor 7 left open
 /dev/cdrom: open failed: Read-only file system
 Can't remove open logical volume "SSsystem"[/CODE]

tried also to deactivate the snapshot using lvchange -an command:
[CODE]File descriptor 3 left open
File descriptor 5 left open
File descriptor 7 left open
 /dev/cdrom: open failed: Read-only file system
 Can't change snapshot logical volume "SSsystem"[/CODE]

lvdisplay outputs this:
[CODE]File descriptor 3 left open
File descriptor 5 left open
File descriptor 7 left open
 --- Logical volume ---
 LV Name                /dev/VGdb/LVdb
 VG Name                VGdb
 LV UUID                R4mtQ4-Idyo-SRiU-EfLg-TFM6-NZN2-Cd1kgv
 LV Write Access        read/write
 LV Status              available
 # open                 1
 LV Size                14.66 GB
 Current LE             469
 Segments               1
 Allocation             inherit
 Read ahead sectors     0
 Block device           253:1

 --- Logical volume ---
 LV Name                /dev/VGsystem/LVsystem
 VG Name                VGsystem
 LV UUID                HusBAX-tbxn-6283-zap5-Cihe-K1AX-jKDbk7
 LV Write Access        read/write
 LV snapshot status     source of
                        /dev/VGsystem/SSsystem [active]
 LV Status              available
 # open                 1
 LV Size                31.25 GB
 Current LE             1000
 Segments               1
 Allocation             inherit
 Read ahead sectors     0
 Block device           253:0

 --- Logical volume ---
 LV Name                /dev/VGsystem/SSsystem
 VG Name                VGsystem
 LV UUID                qohvbp-yo1c-SFGv-suM1-9QC9-OwA3-TpX1i0
 LV Write Access        read/write
 LV snapshot status     active destination for /dev/VGsystem/LVsystem
 LV Status              available
 # open                 1
 LV Size                31.25 GB
 Current LE             1000
 COW-table size         2.66 GB
 COW-table LE           85
 Allocated to snapshot  2.32%
 Snapshot chunk size    8.00 KB
 Segments               1
 Allocation             inherit
 Read ahead sectors     0
 Block device           253:4[/CODE]

At this very time I am in a situation when the snapshot space is
slowly filling and I am afraid to reboot, manually fill the snapshot
(with hope it will automatically deactivate) or try anything else,
because this is live production system placed in data center and
currently I have no physical access to it - only remote through SSH2.

I'll be grateful for any ideas which might help to resolve this issue
without loosing any data. Thanks very much.

Martin


Here is output of uname -a:
[CODE]Linux xxxx.xxx.xxx 2.6.9-200.0.2.EL.iworxsmp #1 SMP Fri Aug 4
15:25:06 EDT 2006 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux[/CODE]


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