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Re: [linux-lvm] safe to ru-run vgscan after mounting LV root?

Jay Sissom writes:
> Nope, I am running kernel 2.4.2 with the beta6 patch and the beta6
> utilities.

OK, that's a bad sign.

> This started after I resized a LV.  The answer from this list was, "don't
> run vgscan".  Now people on the list say you can run it as many times as
> you like.  If I run it once, all my LV's are gone.  I'd like to figure out
> what the problem is, but don't know where to start looking.

You _should_ be able to re-run vgscan, but in most cases (as you have
seen) it is not _necessary_ to do so.

In any case, how to track down the problem - run "vgscan -v -d" and
start going through the output with a fine-tooth comb.  Basically,
at some point you will start getting errors, and that is what is bad
(it is OK to get error codes in a few places, like when checking if
a partition/disk has an LVM header on it).

For a VG to be operative, you need all of the PVs in it to be OK.
This seems to be a common source of problems.  I have a modified
pv_read_all_pv() and pv_read_all_pv_of_vg() which is a lot better
in terms of reporting why a PV was discarded from the PV list. This
may make finding the source of the problem easier (even obvious ;-).

You can find it in an email to the lvm-devel mailing list dated
March 15 "Re: [lvm-devel] Extent list sorting considered buggy".

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger  \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
                 \  would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/               -- Dogbert

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