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* [linux-lvm] lvmcache comes back dirty after unclean shutdown
@ 2020-05-08  8:26 Paul Richards
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From: Paul Richards @ 2020-05-08  8:26 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: dm-devel, linux-lvm

I would like to add a warning to the lvmcache man page about its
suitability in environments that expect unclean shutdowns.

I've been using lvmcache on my laptop which has a small nvme drive and
a much larger hdd.  I am using approx 60GiB of the nvme drive as a
cache for the 1TiB HDD.

With both "writethrough" and "writeback" modes an unclean shutdown
results in the entire cache being marked as dirty.  On next boot the
system then spends a long time (4+ hours) writing the cache out to
disk.  From what I can see this is known behavior of lvmcache ([1] and
[2]).  It's even documented in the kernel device mapper docs [3].

It seems to me that dm-cache and lvmcache are not appropriate for
environments that expect unclean shutdowns.  In those environments I
have found bcache to be a bit more robust.

This is not a criticism of lvmcache and dm-cache.  I am sure they
perform well in more robust environments.  But I wonder if it would be
appropriate to add a warning note to the lvmcache man page about this

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 currently, if that's relevant, and I saw the
same issue with 18.04.


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