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[dm-devel] [BUG REPORT] ENOTBLK on create cache if metadata device not zeroed (3.9.0-rc7)



Hi,

 

I was setting up for some dm-cache testing this weekend (using 3.9.0-rc7 x86_64) and ran into the following:

 

# dmsetup create cache --table '0 41943040 cache /dev/mapper/metadata /dev/mapper/ssd /dev/mapper/origin 512 1 writeback default 0'

device-mapper: reload ioctl on cache failed: Block device required

Command failed

#

 

After this error, /var/log/messages contains:

 

[75376.089354] device-mapper: cache metadata: sb_check failed: blocknr 18446744073709551615: wanted 0

[75376.089362] device-mapper: block manager: superblock validator check failed for block 0

[75376.089364] device-mapper: cache metadata: couldn't read lock superblock

[75376.095173] device-mapper: table: 253:5: cache: Error creating metadata object

[75376.095180] device-mapper: ioctl: error adding target to table

 

This comes from sb_check() in drivers/md/dm-cache-metadata.c and drivers/md/dm-thin-metadata.c, and it motivated me to try:

 

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mapper/metadata bs=4k conv=notrunc

 

Afterwards, I tried “dmsetup create cache” again and it worked fine.

 

Regards,

Morgan Mears

 


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