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Bug 161874 - lvm suffers from "chicken-and-egg" problem in a startup
Summary: lvm suffers from "chicken-and-egg" problem in a startup
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: lvm2
Version: 4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alasdair Kergon
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-27 23:46 UTC by Michal Jaegermann
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version: old
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-01-10 17:48:46 UTC

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Description Michal Jaegermann 2005-06-27 23:46:03 UTC
Description of problem:

When booting a system where /var is mounted from a separate file system,
which you may want to do if your / is mounted read-only as one of many
possibilities, you will see:

/var/lock/lvm: mkdir failed: Read-only file system

The problem is that at this moment /var indeed is yet read-only but lvm
does not care.  Well, /var could be located conceivably on some LVM volume.

Interestingly enough this message is not showing up with lvm2-2.01.12-1.0
from the current rawhide but this does not say anything that /var/lock/lvm
will be created and I do not know if existing volume groups would be
found if such indeed would exist.  All of this despite that
'--ignorelockingfailure' flag was given.

Removing lvm2, even if it not really used and despite of
"if [ -x /sbin/lvm.static ]; then ..." in rc.sysconfing, is not really an
option. 'yum remove lvm2' comes back with a proposition to basically
remove the whole system. :-)  The only possible hack would be to
rename /sbin/lvm.static which would have to be traced through every update.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

The easiest way to reproduce the condition is to do

mount -o ro -t tmpfs none /var/lock
/sbin/lvm.static vgchange -a y --ignorelockingfailure
umount /var/lock

On FC4 this responds with "/var/lock/lvm: mkdir failed: Read-only file system".

I guess that the easiest thing would be to "2>/dev/null" in a corresponding
place of rc.sysinit but I have no idea if this is really a correct course of

Comment 1 Michael Carney 2005-10-05 04:31:45 UTC
Having /var be a separate partition is by no means a rare configuration. 

Comment 2 Alasdair Kergon 2007-01-10 17:48:46 UTC
The error message should be suppressed nowadays.  (Please reopen if there are
still problems.)

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