Bug 193330 - pvmove cannot move root fs
Summary: pvmove cannot move root fs
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: lvm2
Version: 10
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: LVM and device-mapper development team
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Reported: 2006-05-27 14:41 UTC by Dan Horák
Modified: 2009-12-18 11:00 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 05:52:22 UTC
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Description Dan Horák 2006-05-27 14:41:02 UTC
I have problems problems with moving the root filesystem from a PV on a
partition to a PV on degraded mirror. When running "pvmove -v /dev/sda2
/dev/md1", it displays a few messages ending with
    Found volume group "VolGroup00"
    Loading VolGroup00-pvmove0
and the whole system is got stuck (I can type some characters, switch between
consoles (Alt+Fx) and after (probably) trying to open a file (first I wanted to
log in on other console, then I was opening a file in Midnight Commander) there
is an end, no input possible)

I found probably the same behaviour in a messages at

After powering the machine off and back on, the disks start working and after a
while the move is completed.


Comment 1 Dan Horák 2006-05-27 14:42:30 UTC
I was moving 4 other LV (3 filesystems and 1 with swap) from the same PV too and
there was no problem.

Comment 2 Christian Iseli 2007-01-22 10:17:39 UTC
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?


Comment 3 Dan Horák 2007-01-22 10:40:08 UTC
I am not able to test the issue in current Fedora (or RHEL), so I am closing it.

Comment 4 Patrick C. F. Ernzer 2008-11-28 12:22:37 UTC
Same problem in F10 yesterday.

Two questions on this:
  1) is moving the currently active rootfs even supposed to work?
  2) could it be that being more patient is required?

Esp on 2), as I know that a pvmove will just continue after interruption and I wanted my box back ASAP yesterday, I just shrugged after 15 seconds of extreme sluggishness, reset the box, booted rescue to finish the pvmove and brough the box back up.

If you can confirm that the answr to both is yes I can retest (on different hardware though) and just let it run overnight. And I may be able to retest on the same hardware but in a different direction (had to move my LVs temporarily off the box, will move them back at some point)

Comment 5 Milan Broz 2008-11-28 12:50:37 UTC
Moving of rootfs should bacically work.

But it can be problematic is some situations, the safest way it run the move from rescue disc, not from rootsystems itself.

But maybe just new problem appeared, not too much info to check it here.
(If you see that it stucks, we need at least output of "echo t >/proc/sysrq-trigger", "dmsetup status --noopencount" and ideally debug output of "pvmove -vvvv <params>"  to see whats' happening.)

Anyway, there were some reports of pvmove speed problems, not sure it this is the problem here.

Btw 15 seconds is default check interval (see -i option), pvmove basically just monitors progress and in specified time intervals update metadata mappings, the real transfer run in kernel.

Comment 6 Heinz Mauelshagen 2008-11-28 12:53:38 UTC
for the record: 471042 is the cluster pvmove regression

Comment 7 Patrick C. F. Ernzer 2008-11-30 21:01:43 UTC
doh! it just dawned on me that the PV I moved the data from also had the LV for swap on it. Could that have been the problem?

Did another pvmove (back from the external temporary disk to the internal drives), but disabled swap (swapoff -a, I have 8GB RAM on this box, so it's no problem to swith the 2GB swapp off temporarily) and that went just fine.

Comment 8 Dan Horák 2009-01-28 12:34:42 UTC
I have just successfully moved my / to another PV. It was done from runlevel 1 and all other filesystems were unmounted, swap was enabled.


Comment 9 Patrick C. F. Ernzer 2009-01-28 12:58:51 UTC
Dan, did you only move the LV / or a whole PV that contained / and swap?
In case of the latter I think we can close this (bug owner will decide), in case of the former we may want to just make a note in the man page to not move the swap LV

Comment 10 Dan Horák 2009-01-28 13:10:52 UTC
I moved all LVs stored on the PV manually (including the swap) with "pvmove -n <name-of-lv> /dev/source /dev/destination", only the "/" was moved in runlevel 1.

Comment 11 Mikuláš Patočka 2009-01-29 03:47:17 UTC
Please, anyone who can reproduce this bug, try it and when the computer locks up, press Alt+SysRq+W. Copy the result and paste it here.

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