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LVM cluster resources should be cluster aware

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 (HAE)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


An HAE Environment has one or more clustered LVM resources.

<primitive class="ocf" id="lvm-test" provider="lvm2" type="clvmd">
<primitive class="ocf" id="lvm-test-other" provider="heartbeat" type="LVM">

The /etc/lvm/lvm.conf shows:

global {
    umask = 077
    test = 0
    units = "h"
    activation = 1
    proc = "/proc"
    locking_type = 1
    fallback_to_clustered_locking = 1
    fallback_to_local_locking = 1
    locking_dir = "/var/lock/lvm"


Change the locking_type to 3 to use built-in cluster-wide locking.

1. Edit /etc/lvm/lvm.conf
2. Change the locking_type value to 3.

locking_type = 3

3. Save and exit
4. Reboot the node


Additional Information

From the documentation on configuring cLVM.

Make sure you have fulfilled the following prerequisites:
  • A shared storage device is available, such as provided by a Fibre Channel, FCoE, SCSI, iSCSI SAN, or DRBD*.

  • In case of DRBD, both nodes must be primary (as described in the following procedure).

  • Check if the locking type of LVM2 is cluster-aware. The keyword locking_type in /etc/lvm/lvm.conf must contain the value 3 (should be the default). Copy the configuration to all nodes, if necessary.

From the lvm.conf(5) man page:

locking_type — What type of locking to use.  1 is the default, which use flocks on files in locking_dir (see below) to avoid conflicting LVM2 commands running concurrently  on  a single machine. 0 disables locking and risks corrupting your metadata.  If set to 2, the tools will load the external locking_library (see below).  If the tools were configured --with-cluster=internal (the default) then 3 means to use built-in cluster-wide  locking.   Type  4 enforces  read-only metadata  and  forbids any operations that might want to modify Volume Group metadata.  All changes to logical volumes and their states are communicated using locks.


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  • Document ID:7012115
  • Creation Date: 09-Apr-2013
  • Modified Date:14-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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