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Re: [linux-lvm] Nasty bug in lvm and/or md and/or reiserfs

> > pvcreate would have stamped it's own metadata over md's metadata, so
> > I'm not surprised md had trouble.  This is not a bug in md or
> > reiserfs, just user error that LVM should have caught.

Given his example, pvcreate would have overwritten Reiser's metadata, not
md's, so md shouldn't have really cared.

> With respect to the problem I had with /etc/mtab: the root partition is
> not handled by LVM at all.  It is strictly a md device.  I assume
> /etc/mtab got hosed when umount segfaulted (because of the ReiserFS
> bug).  But the root partition (and /etc on the root partition) is
> md/raid1 with ext2.  This seems to me to be a real md bug.  What do you
> think?

Don't go blaming md yet. I was playing around with some new code on my
test box and crashed the system. When it came back, I had the exact same
problem with I/O errors to /etc/mtab. The system simply would not mount
any drives besides root. I actually had to fsck the mounted root fs to
correct the /etc/mtab problem. My root is ext2 on LVM. No md or Reiser.
But I don't believe the problem had anything to do with LVM. I believe
it was just due to really bad filesystem corruption.


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