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Re: [lvm-devel] naming problem on cached devices

Dne 5.2.2014 10:44, Oliver Rath napsal(a):
Hi list,

i have a little problem here using (not only happen on lvm ;-) ) cached

I.e. i have a ssd named /dev/ssd and a standard disk /dev/sda1 to be
cached. If I now create i.e. a device /dev/mapper/cache0 (done by
dmsetup at the mom) and create there a pv, this pv exists twice (at ssd
and sda). If I then create a vg based on ssd, this vg exists twice, too.
This happens i.e. for flashcache device, too.

Is there a mechanism to avoid this doubling in an easy way? I know, you
can blind out devices with a filter argument in lvm.conf, but maybe
there are better possibilities.

It's quite tricky - and that's currently the main reason lvm2 insist on using only PVs for any use.

While everything has a PV header - LVM does the tricky job to handle
device hierarchy.

It's quite tricky to handle udev notification in way, udev has proper data which device is the master device and how we use such in stack.

One you start to create cached lower-lever devices - you get into troubles of activation and deactivation order during various system stages.

There is another interesting case: If i want to cache an *existing* pv,
is it possiblie to change the *name* of this pv in a vg in a dynamic
way? I.e. if the vg "myvg" consists on /dev/sdc1, if now i create a
cache-device /dev/mapper/sdc1_cached, how can i transfer this name into
myvg instead of the original sdc1? Or is this the wrong question?

Again - this will be handled via lvm2 command for LVs. You'll be able to convert any live/active LV to cached LV and also back to uncached. All device renaming in metadata will happen in background together with change of table layout.



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