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pvmove hangs on 2T devices

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

When trying to move PEs from one 2T (or greater) multipathed device to another one that was just added to the volume group in a clustered environment will result in a hang with the following messages:

[ 6778.164097] device-mapper: dm-log-userspace: [autyCORE] Request timed out: [5/586] - retrying

Feb  3 08:48:17 hostname cmirrord[11391]: Sync checkpoint section create retry

Devices less than 2Tb work correctly.

Resolution

A bug fix has been created and will be released into the maintenance channel.  For now the workaround (also what the fix upstream does) is to
Modify the region_size of /etc/lvm/lvm.conf:
    raid_region_size = 512
==> raid_region_size = 2048

Cause

In a clustered environment, `pvmove` will create a temporary mirrored LV to sync data. Bitmap size is 256KB(due to message length limited at 1M), region_size(data region size of 1 bit in bitmap) is 512KB by default.
So if we use default region_size the volume size is limited at:
   512KB * 256KB*8 = 1TB

Disclaimer

This Support Knowledgebase provides a valuable tool for NetIQ/Novell/SUSE customers and parties interested in our products and solutions to acquire information, ideas and learn from one another. Materials are provided for informational, personal or non-commercial use within your organization and are presented "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

  • Document ID:7016272
  • Creation Date:09-MAR-15
  • Modified Date:09-MAR-15
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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