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Re: [linux-lvm] ANNOUNCE: an experimental implementation of snapshot merging

On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Brian J. Murrell wrote:

On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 20:20 -0400, Greg Freemyer wrote:
Your making it too complicated.

Effectively the snapshot immediately becomes the primary volume

How can that be done?  I thought the snapshot was simply a device which
upon creation (i.e. before any writes to the origin) is just a series of
block-by-block pointers to the origin.  As blocks in the origin are
changed, those blocks are copied down to the snapshot are replace the
pointer to itself.

So in the case where the origin has had 50% of it's blocks updated, in
order for the snapshot to become the origin, that 50% which has been
written down in to the snapshot need to be written back up into the
origin (along with any blocks which were changed in the snapshot
directly).  How can the snapshot "immediately" become the primary volume
if that data migration has to happen?

The requests are transparently re-routed to the merging snapshot.

So, when you start merging, the origin device physically contains the old data (that are being overwritten by data from the snapshot), but when you make a read or write request to the origin, that request causes look-up in the exception table of the merging snapshot and if a match is found, the request is remapped to the snapshot.

So the merging snapshot and the origin appear to contain the same data. (in the final version, one of them will not appear in the list of logical volumes, so that it won't confuse the user --- but this is only userspace thing)



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