Bug#659762: LVM locks up, can't do anything.

Bastian Blank waldi at debian.org
Sat Jun 2 14:37:46 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jun 03, 2012 at 12:00:32AM +1000, Tim Connors wrote:
> Don't quite know when it's acceptable to mark a bug as critical, but
> "makes unrelated software on the system (or the whole system) break, or
> causes serious data loss, or introduces a security hole on systems where
> you install the package." is probably satisfied when the system becomes
> unusable and needs a reboot because / is an LVM (er, most debian machines
> these days given that it's done at install time) and LVM (and all the
> filesystems under LVM) has locked up, and so one can't run the dmsetup
> commands mentioned in previous comments to.

No, it is not. LVM asks the kernel to do stuff and the kernel does it.
Sometimes it can ask the kernel to suspend devices that are needed to

> I've seen this a couple of times now on different systems running 3.2, so
> something is fundamentally broken.

Current is lvm2 2.02.95.

> Anyone else yearn for the days when Linux used to be reliable?

You don't need to use it. Debian kFreeBSD exists.


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