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[linux-lvm] LVM question relating to a server crash



Hello!

I recently tried to lvremove a snapshot LV that was
a few days old.  I had let it get to the point
where the LV snapshot was unusable because too
many changes had been written to the parent.
When I went to lvremove it, the entire system
locked up and had to be reset.  Everything
came back up fine but I still want to remove
that LV and am unsure as to why it crashed
to begin with.

I could not see anything on console and there's nothing
interesting in my system logs.

Here's my LV setup:


[root dw ~]# lvscan
  /dev/dm-5: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  ACTIVE            '/dev/VolGroup00/Lroot' [6.00 GB] inherit
  ACTIVE            '/dev/VolGroup00/Lswap' [1.94 GB] inherit
  inactive Original '/dev/VolGroup00/Llpdw' [40.00 GB] inherit
  inactive Snapshot '/dev/VolGroup00/temp' [1.00 GB] inherit


/dev/VolGroup00/Lroot /dev/VolGroup00/Lswap and
/dev/VolGroup00/Llpdw are all mounted, active
file systems.  /dev/VolGroup00/temp is a snapshot
of /dev/VolGroup00/Llpdw.

Like I mentioned before the snapshot is unusable and
I want to remove it:

[root dw ~]# mount /dev/VolGroup00/temp  /z
/dev/VolGroup00/temp: Input/output error
mount: /dev/VolGroup00/temp: can't read superblock


system info:

[root dw ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release; uname -a
CentOS release 4.4 (Final)
Linux dw.xxxxxxx 2.6.9-42.0.3.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Oct 6 06:28:26 CDT 2006 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Dell PowerEdge 1950 server.

more lvm info:

[root dw ~]# pvdisplay
  /dev/dm-5: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sda2
  VG Name               VolGroup00
  PV Size               136.00 GB / not usable 0
  Allocatable           yes
  PE Size (KByte)       32768
  Total PE              4352
  Free PE               2786
  Allocated PE          1566
  PV UUID               5Vshsw-Swd9-bSTH-kixv-frPK-SzSi-jm31hE

[root dw ~]# vgdisplay
  /dev/dm-5: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  --- Volume group ---
  VG Name               VolGroup00
  System ID
  Format                lvm2
  Metadata Areas        1
  Metadata Sequence No  30
  VG Access             read/write
  VG Status             resizable
  MAX LV                0
  Cur LV                4
  Open LV               3
  Max PV                0
  Cur PV                1
  Act PV                1
  VG Size               136.00 GB
  PE Size               32.00 MB
  Total PE              4352
  Alloc PE / Size       1566 / 48.94 GB
  Free  PE / Size       2786 / 87.06 GB
  VG UUID               MHdx9f-7mNZ-WtEp-ogmZ-Wo2H-47Db-o90d0e


[root dw ~]# lvdisplay
  /dev/dm-5: read failed after 0 of 4096 at 0: Input/output error
  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/VolGroup00/Lroot
  VG Name                VolGroup00
  LV UUID                ZNXYXZ-fFHI-GPsn-fGZy-0QtI-19TR-iGwtmx
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                6.00 GB
  Current LE             192
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     0
  Block device           253:0

  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/VolGroup00/Lswap
  VG Name                VolGroup00
  LV UUID                5ZiUYo-aC7P-0YyN-XDAI-kiVc-GUz7-zCB5Q8
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                1.94 GB
  Current LE             62
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     0
  Block device           253:1

  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/VolGroup00/Llpdw
  VG Name                VolGroup00
  LV UUID                HJ9V38-zAYH-Et0F-Qb9o-8dzu-PwbQ-5AgPiF
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV snapshot status     source of
                         /dev/VolGroup00/temp [INACTIVE]
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                40.00 GB
  Current LE             1280
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     0
  Block device           253:3

  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/VolGroup00/temp
  VG Name                VolGroup00
  LV UUID                yv8X2f-9Xud-PkJT-Q0l2-h5Qy-48ze-KOAg3t
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV snapshot status     INACTIVE destination for /dev/VolGroup00/Llpdw
  LV Status              available
  # open                 0
  LV Size                40.00 GB
  Current LE             1280
  COW-table size         1.00 GB
  COW-table LE           32
  Snapshot chunk size    8.00 KB
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     0
  Block device           253:5


The command I typed in that caused the crash
was 'lvremove /dev/VolGroup00/temp'.


Thanks in advance for any replies. I am
going to try this command again tomorrow
night after I do some more research into this.



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