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Re: [linux-lvm] Random file system errors



On 04/27/2009 09:52 PM, Gaute Lund wrote:
I have searched the web and the mailing list without finding anything
similar to this.

At home I have an LVM setup. Reading data gives random errors. I only
recently discovered it's an LVM issue. I think.

The issue: If I md5sum largeish files, or test archives, I sometimes get
errors or randomly different md5sums. Like now, I have 11 folders, all with
rar files in parts: some 300 15MB pieces in 6 folders/sets, totaling 4,2GB,
and 560 50MB pieces in 5 folders/sets, totaling 23G.

OK, so I "rar t" all of these 5 times over. Errors pop up randomly, 52 times
in the 50MB pieces, 10 times in the 15MB pieces. That's about 1 error for
every 2,1GB of data read. Md5suming multiple files gives about the same
error rate.

If I run repeated test on a rar set small enough to fit in cache mem, I get
errors, but they are indentical with each run.

Is it really an lvm problem? Well, I have created new LVs and use different
filesystems, ext3, xfs, jfs - they're all the same. If I create an md on
some other disks, and put a filesystem on it, without LVM, no problems.

I can't find any other errors, in any logs or dmesg. The errors weren't
there to begin with, they came at one point and got worse. It took a while
before I realized it was a generic disk problem, and for a period I kind of
gave up on it. So it's been there for ... maybe six months?

The VG consist of two software RAID 5 md's, one consisting of four 200GB
IDEs, one of five 500GB SATAs, yielding av VG totaling 2,37TB. Other
hardware is 4GB memory and a Core 2 Duo 6600 CPU.

Machine runs Ubuntu 8.10 with kernel 2.6.27-11, and
   LVM version:     2.02.39 (2008-06-27)
   Library version: 1.02.27 (2008-06-25)
   Driver version:  4.14.0

But the VG was originally created long ago, on LVM1 even.

Well, I guess that's it. Any other information that could be helpful? Any
way I could debug this?

Best regards
Gaute Lund

I am seeing the same thing with large (distros on DVDs) ISO files also. Running md5sum or sha1sum on the file gives different results each time and burning the iso gives a dvd that contains files with errors. I ran memory tests over night and all was good. I turned on smartd checking and ran disk checks and all is ok and I continue to look for disk errors on a periodic basis and all is well.

The linux system is Fedora rawhide, but the problem also exists in Fedora 9 and 10. The files are being downloaded with wget to a Download directory on my home directory which is an ext3 LV mounted on an ext4 home filesystem. Wgeting to a standard non-LV ext3 parition results in good isos which demonstrate consistent sha1sums. If I cp the good iso to the LV Download directory, problems again occur. So far the problem only manifests with dvd size iso files. CD size iso files are fine.

I first noticed this problem several months ago, but have not bz'd it since I cannot yet for sure say it is LVM causing the problem. However, I think at this point I have eliminated wget as the problem but not ext4. I need to create an ext3 LV for / to test on.

Any guidance on error capturing or any testing features of LVM2 that can be turned on?

Thanks.


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