[pve-devel] [PATCH storage 0/2] fix #4997: lvm: avoid autoactivating (new) LVs after boot

Friedrich Weber f.weber at proxmox.com
Thu Jan 11 16:03:30 CET 2024

By default, LVM autoactivates LVs after boot. In a cluster with VM disks on a
shared LVM VG (e.g. on top of iSCSI), this can indirectly cause guest creation
or VM live-migration to fail. See bug #4997 [1] and patch #2 for details.

The goal of this series is to avoid autoactivating LVs after boot. Fabian
suggested to use the "activation skip" flag for LVs. LVs with that flag can
only be activated if the `-K` flag is passed during activation (`-K` is not
passed for autoactivation after boot).

With patch #1, the LVM plugin passes the `-K` flag to activation commands. If
the LV does not have the "activation skip" flag set, this should not have any
effect, so it should be safe to apply this patch in the near future. It does
not yet fix #4997, though.

With patch #2, the LVM plugin sets the "activation skip" flag for newly created
LVs. As this can be considered a breaking change, it may make sense to only
apply it close to the PVE 9 release. If patch #1 has been available in the last
PVE 8 minor release, this should ensure a smooth upgrade even if a cluster is
temporarily mixed between PVE 8.x and 9 (PVE 8.x will be able to activate LVs
created by PVE 9 with "activation skip"). This will fix #4997 for newly created

Some points to discuss:

* Fabian and I discussed whether it may be better to pass `-K` and set the
  "activation skip" flag only for LVs on a *shared* LVM storage. But this may
  cause issues for users that incorrectly mark an LVM storage as shared, create a
  bunch of LVs (with "activation skip" flag), then unset the "shared" flag, and
  won't be able to activate LVs afterwards (`lvchange -ay` without `-K` on an LV
  with "activation skip" is a noop). What do you think?

* Even with patch #1 and #2 applied, users can still run into #4997 for LVs
  that were created before #2, so without the "activation skip" flag. So it might
  be good to include a note in the 8->9 release notes and/or a warning in the
  pve8to9 helper and/or ship a script that automatically sets the flag for all
  existing (PVE-owned) LVs.

[1] https://bugzilla.proxmox.com/show_bug.cgi?id=4997


Friedrich Weber (2):
  lvm: ignore "activation skip" LV flag during LV activation
  fix #4997: lvm: set "activation skip" flag for newly created LVs

 src/PVE/Storage/LVMPlugin.pm | 6 +++---
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

Summary over all repositories:
  1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

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