Cannot extend LVM volume while active due to failed snapshot merge

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


Attempting to resize an LVM logical volume results in a warning.
sles:~ # lvs
  LV     VG   Attr      LSize  Pool Origin Data%  Move Log Copy%  Convert
  lvdata vg00 Owi-a-s-- 16.00g                                          

sles:~ # lvextend -L +1G vg00/lvdata
  Snapshot origin volumes can be resized only while inactive: try lvchange -an

However, the customer does not want deactivate the volume to resize it. The snapshot volume is missing from lvs output. Attempting to remove the snapshot volume results in the following error:
sles:~ # lvremove vg00/lvdata-snap
  Can't remove merging snapshot logical volume "lvdata-snap"

sles:~ # lvconvert --merge -i2 /dev/vg00/lvdata-snap
  Snapshot lvdata-snap is already merging
  Unable to merge LV "lvdata-snap" into its origin.

The origin LVM volume has been in an "(O)rigin with merging snapshot" state for several days and across several reboots.
sles11sp4:~ # mount /dev/vg00/lvdata-snap /mnt
mount: special device /dev/vg00/lvdata-snap does not exist

sles11sp4:~ # lvchange -ay vg00/lvdata-snap
Change of snapshot lvdata-snap will also change its origin lvdata. Proceed? [y/n]: y
  Unable to change internal LV lvdata-snap directly

The /etc/lvm/backup/vg00 file contains data like this:
vg00 {
        logical_volumes {
                lvdata {
                lvdata-snap {
                snapshot0 {


1. Run vgcfgbackup
2. Make a backup copy of /etc/lvm/backup/vg00
3. Edit /etc/lvm/backup/vg00
4. Remove the lvdata-snap {} and snapshot0 {} sections associated with the snapshot. It should contain data like this (NOTE: Leave the content within the {} braces. This is just a short example of what major sections should remain in the file):
vg00 {
        logical_volumes {
                lvdata {
5. Save the file.
6. Run vgcfgrestore vg00


The snapshot merging process was interrupted before it could complete. For example, running lvconvert --merge -i2 vg00/lvdata-snap and then pressing Ctrl-C while it's running will cause this state.


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  • Document ID:7018550
  • Creation Date: 30-Jan-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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