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When invoking pvmove the process hangs on SLES9 SP3

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
Architecture: i386, x86_64


After a modification of the physical volumes on the LVM a finalpvmovehangs during processing and stalls.

The output of pvmove looks like the following:

sles9:~ # pvmove ‑v /dev/sdf
Finding volume group "vg_san00"
Archiving volume group "vg_san00" metadata (seqno 57).
Creating logical volume pvmove0
Moving 0 extents of logical volume vg_san00/lv_aa
Moving 0 extents of logical volume vg_san00/lv_ab
/dev/sdf: Moved: 74.8%
/dev/sdf: Moved: 75.8%
Updating volume group metadata
Creating volume group backup "/etc/lvm/backup/vg_san00" (seqno 59).
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Loading vg_san00‑pvmove0
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Loading vg_san00‑lv_aa
Found volume group "vg_san00"
Loading vg_san00‑lv_ab
/dev/sdf: Moved: 77.5%


- Update to the latest LVM2 RPM-package for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 from (at least lvm2-2.01.14-3.11)
- Update the kernel to at least kernel 2.6.5-7.276

After updating those two packages and rebooting the machine, invoke the pvmove command again.
This will pickup automatically the stalled pvmove process and finish the LVM modification.

Additional Information

If you want to check the availability of the logical volume, you run lvscan:

The output of lvscan shows this group as inactive:
inactive'/dev/vg_san00/pvmove0' [18.62 GB] contiguous

The volume group is flagged as inactive and cannot be accessed.


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  • Document ID:3370616
  • Creation Date:13-NOV-06
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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