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Re: [linux-lvm] blkid_wiping breaks snapshots

Dne 10.2.2014 15:37, Christian Hesse napsal(a):
Peter Rajnoha <prajnoha redhat com> on Mon, 2014/02/10 15:12:
On 02/10/2014 02:48 PM, Christian Hesse wrote:
Zdenek Kabelac <zkabelac redhat com> on Mon, 2014/02/10 13:20:
Dne 10.2.2014 10:30, Christian Hesse napsal(a):
Zdenek Kabelac <zkabelac redhat com> on Mon, 2014/02/10 09:33:
Dne 8.2.2014 00:55, Christian Hesse napsal(a):
Christian Hesse <list eworm de> on Sat, 2014/02/08 00:36:
Hello everybody,

I think I nailed it down with git bisect. My first bad commit is:

configure: enable blkid_wiping by default if the blkid library is

Looks like this wipes data that is still needed... Building a package
with '--disable-blkid_wipe' now to verify on another system.

Uh, this only helps part of...

I changed my test setup and used writable snapshots. After that I got:

WARNING: DM_snapshot_cow signature detected on /dev/cvg/snap-home at
offset 0. Wipe it? [y/n]

(see https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=176504 for another

Looks like disabling blkid_wiping fixes this. My snapshot corruption
still occurs though. :-/
Bad thing about it is that the corruption does not occur reliable when
doing simple tests in 'git bisect'... Out of ideas for now - Will go
to bed now.

Now this was helpful, I guess I think what is going on.

Great! Waiting for patches then. :D

I could provide some more information when needed:

* This happens with read only snapshots only.
* I could reproduce with commit eaa23d32732c9bc3dd4f948781b5764cf21d84ba
    (wiping: add support for blkid wiping), so it was introduced there or

Should I investigate further or wait for something to test from you?

Is the patch bellow fixing your problem ?
(It's still not final - but should help)


diff --git a/tools/lvcreate.c b/tools/lvcreate.c
index 638a868..e8b1a7f 100644
--- a/tools/lvcreate.c
+++ b/tools/lvcreate.c
@@ -772,7 +772,7 @@ static int _read_activation_params(struct
lvcreate_params *lp, LVM_READ | LVM_WRITE);

          /* Must not zero/wipe read only volume */
-       if (!(lp->permission & LVM_WRITE)) {
+       if (!lp->snapshot && !(lp->permission & LVM_WRITE)) {
                  lp->zero = 0;
                  lp->wipe_signatures = 0;

This looks good to me. I've made some backups now without any corruption.

But with blkid_wiping enabled I do have this warning/question now for read
only snapshots as well:

WARNING: DM_snapshot_cow signature detected on /dev/cvg/snap-home
at offset 0. Wipe it? [y/n]

lvm works perfectly only with your patch applied and compiled with

Also, try this patch in addition:


That did the trick. Thanks a lot!

If anybody is interested... These are the patches updated to apply against
version 2.02.105:


We need to resolve the logic behind the query for wiping. We will most probably go with this logic:

We query for wipe of 'known' signatures, before passing newly allocated 'normal' LV (visible). Any other so called 'private/hidden' LV will do either wipe or unconditional zeroing of 1st. 4kb - which is usually the only thing needed here.

Current logic is somewhat overcomplicated.


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