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Re: [linux-lvm] summary of what I need to do to mount snapshot on XFS

If this works for you - good.  I have had heaps of issues that I have been 
working with various developers and trying to get fixed.

Basically if I used the SGI 2.4.17-xfs kernel with lvm-1.0.1rc4(ish) some 
file systems would work but others would fail.  Some would fail on snapshot 
creation, others would fail on snapshot mount and others would fail when the 
snapshot overflowed.  When I upgraded LVM to lvm-1.0.1 other filesystems 
issues were fixed but others broke again.  Check out the "Unable to get XFS, 
ext3, reiserfs & LVM to coexist happily"
 thread on linux-lvm / linux-xfs mail archives and see if any of this relates 
to your problem.  With 2.4.17-xfs + lvm-1.0.1 upgrade patch + VFS-lock patch 
ext2/3 & resierfs will operate correctly but XFS will fail at snapshot 
creation.  You can do a little source code change and get a XFS snapshot 
created and mounted; but then it will fail on an overfull snapshot.  These 
problems are being worked on by myself and the great SGI XFS developers.

The lvm.c change you talk about I assume is the LVM_VFS_ENHANCEMENT change?  
For some reason when adding the lvm-1.0.1 upgrade patch this disappears from 
lvm.c   I have been able to get this to compile with the change but I have 
forgoten what I did.  

This is one question I would like answered by the LVM gurus:  should #define 
LVM_VFS_ENHANCEMENT still be there after upgrading to lvm-1.0.1?  What does 
LVM_VFS_ENHANCEMENT actually do w.r.t lvm-1.0.1rc4(ish) and lvm-1.0.1?  I 
know that LVM_VFS_ENHANCEMENT in older LVM versions was the locking of the 
VFS so that snapshots would be consistant - is this still correct and is it 
still needed?

For the "large discussion" you are talking about the "Unable to get XFS, 
ext3, reiserfs & LVM to coexist happily" thread - hit me off list and I will 
attempt to summarise it for you.

On Thu, 10 Jan 2002 06:09, Jeremy Hansen wrote:
> My issue wasn't so much with how to create the snapshot but how to
> simultaneously mount the snapshot with the live filesystem.  I saw a big
> thread about having to uncomment from lvm.c, did that but then got
> unresolved symbols...
> It seemed as if there were some issues and a large discussion related to
> doing this with XFS.
> Thanks
> -jeremy

Adrian Head

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