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Re: [Xen-devel] Re: can not lvcreate after lvm snapshot and "xm mem-set"

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Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] Re: can not lvcreate after lvm snapshot and "xm mem-set" and lvremove
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Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 19:23:49 +0100
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I would strongly suggest not to use the lvm snapshot feature.

There were some post in the ML where people reported that the lvm snapshot 
feature is not ready for production use. In my opinion it is even worse. At 
least in combination with xen it really unstable and unusable (at least in my 

I tried the following, because I though it would be a quite good backup 

- suspend a running xenU Domain in a file via "xm save <domainname> 
- make a lvm snapshot of the corresponding lv
- restore the stopped xen domain
- create a backup of <suspend-file> and the lvm snapshot
- delete the lvm snapshot and <suspend-file>

If this would work correctly, you would have a perfect snapshot of the 
filesystem and your running domain and can backup it without downtime of your 
system. the only downtime would be the time between the xm save and the xm 
restore (max. 3 seconds maybe)

But even if in theory this should work, I had some ugly problems with this in 
xen2.0.7 and also xen3

most of the time the xenU Domain became unreponsive (I guess at the point at 
which the domain wants to access HDD data) and sometimes the xenU domain even 
crashed, sometimes even after the lvm snapshot was already backuped and 


Am Donnerstag, 5. Januar 2006 11:12 schrieb Wensheng Wang:
> in the last post:
> The snapshot is created by
> lvcreate -L8192M -s -n snap1 /dev/vg0/centos1
> not
> lvcreate -L8192M -s -n snap1 vg0
> Wensheng
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