[pve-devel] [PATCH storage] lvm: avoid warning due to human-readable text in vgs output

Friedrich Weber f.weber at proxmox.com
Fri Jan 12 11:06:06 CET 2024

On 12/01/2024 10:22, Fabian Grünbichler wrote:
>> --- a/src/PVE/Storage/LVMPlugin.pm
>> +++ b/src/PVE/Storage/LVMPlugin.pm
>> @@ -130,6 +130,9 @@ sub lvm_vgs {
>>  	    my ($name, $size, $free, $lvcount, $pvname, $pvsize, $pvfree) = split (':', $line);
>> +	    # skip human-readable messages that vgs occasionally prints to stdout
>> +	    return if !defined($size);
>> +
> we might want to either log this message (like anything printed to
> STDERR), so that the admin at least can notice something weird is going
> on,

The vgs message is printed to stdout, so we could do something like

warn $line if !defined($size);


> or pass '-qq' to switch `vgs` into silent mode where no such
> messages will be printed - although for the latter variant we might want
> to check what (else) gets suppressed ("log_print_unless_silent")..

True. As discussed in the other subthread with Fiona, `-qq` will also
silently answer any prompts with 'no', but it does seem unlikely that
`vgs` ever prompts. So passing `-qq` might be an okay option.

> AFAICT this message only gets printed if the archives grew very big, and
> the backup file does not exist? at least for me using your reproducer,
> it's only printed once, and I have to rename rename rm again afterwards
> to get it to show up again, which would mean it's not too bad to log it
> (as long as it doesn't confuse our code).

For the user in enterprise support I mentioned in the commit message,
the warnings were logged to the journal by pvestatd every few seconds
(without any manual deletion of backup files or similar). I'd need to
look at the source again to be sure, but IIRC the message is also
printed if the backup exists but is outdated (and the archives are very
big). And because LVM got confused by the duplicate VG names, this
situation seemed to occur every few seconds.

Another complication I forgot about: For that user, /etc/lvm/archive had
800000 files amounting to >1GiB, which also slowed down `vgs -o vg_name`
considerably (to >10s), presumably because `vgs -o vg_name` read all
those files. But unexpectedly, as soon as `-o` included `pv_name` the
command was fast again, presumably because it does not do the reads. So
I was considering to modify `sub lvm_vgs` to always include `-o pv_name`
in the command (not only if $includepvs is true), but was unsure if the
edge case warranted this (somewhat weird) workaround.

> the `lvmscan` endpoint also picks up the line btw, which means it ends
> up being included in the "VG" selector on the web UI when adding an LVM
> storage ;)

Hah, fun :)

By the way, the message also causes `vgs` to print invalid JSON:

# rm -f /etc/lvm/backup/spam ; vgs -o vg_name -q --reportformat json
      "report": [
  Consider pruning spam VG archive with more then 8 MiB in 8305 files
(check archiving is needed in lvm.conf).
              "vg": [

Dominik suggested that this very much looks like an LVM bug, so I'll
check whether it still happens on latest upstream LVM and, if yes, file
a bug report there.

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