clvmd — cluster LVM daemon
]] [-E lock_uuid
] [-I cluster_manager
] [-t timeout
] [-T start_timeout
clvmd is the daemon that distributes LVM metadata updates around a cluster. It
must be running on all nodes in the cluster and will give an error if a node
in the cluster does not have this daemon running.
Also see lvmlockd
(8) for a newer method of using LVM on shared storage.
Only valid if -d
is also specified. Tells all clvmds in a cluster to
enable/disable debug logging. Without this switch, only the local clvmd will
change its debug level to that given with -d
This does not work correctly if specified on the command-line that starts clvmd.
If you want to start clvmd and
enable cluster-wide logging then the
command needs to be issued twice, eg:
Set debug logging level. If -d
is specified without a value
is assumed. Value
- 0 — Disabled
- 1 — Sends debug logs to stderr (implies
- 2 — Sends debug logs to syslog(3)
Pass lock uuid to be reacquired exclusively when clvmd is restarted.
Don't fork, run in the foreground.
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Selects the cluster manager to use for locking and internal communications. As
it is quite possible to have multiple managers available on the same system
you might have to manually specify this option to override the search.
By default, omit -I
is equivalent to -Iauto
. Clvmd will use the
first cluster manager that succeeds, and it checks them in a predefined order
. The available managers will be
listed by order as part of the clvmd -h
Tells all the running instance of clvmd
in the cluster to reload their
device cache and re-read the lvm configuration file lvm.conf
command should be run whenever the devices on a cluster system are
Tells the running clvmd
to exit and reexecute itself, for example at the
end of a package upgrade. The new instance is instructed to reacquire any
locks in the same state as they were previously held. (Alternative methods of
restarting the daemon have the side effect of changing exclusive LV locks into
Specifies the timeout
for commands to run around the cluster. This should
not be so small that commands with many disk updates to do will fail, so you
may need to increase this on systems with very large disk farms. The default
is 60 seconds.
Specifies the start timeout for clvmd
daemon startup. If the daemon does
not report that it has started up within this time then the parent command
will exit with status of 5. This does NOT mean that clvmd
started! What it means is that the startup has been delayed for some reason;
the most likely cause of this is an inquorate cluster though it could be due
to locking latencies on a cluster with large numbers of logical volumes. If
you get the return code of 5 it is usually not necessary to restart
it will start as soon as that blockage has cleared. This flag is
to allow startup scripts to exit in a timely fashion even if the cluster is
stalled for some reason.
The default is 0
(no timeout) and the value is in seconds. Don't set this
too small or you will experience spurious errors. 10 or 20 seconds might be
This timeout will be ignored if you start clvmd
with the -d
Display the version of the cluster LVM daemon.
In a clustered VG, clvmd is used for activation, and the following values are
possible with lvchange/vgchange -a
- clvmd activates the LV in shared mode (with a shared lock),
allowing multiple nodes to activate the LV concurrently. If the LV type
prohibits shared access, such as an LV with a snapshot, an exclusive lock
is automatically used instead. clvmd attempts to activate the LV
concurrently on all nodes.
- clvmd activates the LV in exclusive mode (with an exclusive
lock), allowing a single node to activate the LV. clvmd attempts to
activate the LV concurrently on all nodes, but only one will succeed.
- clvmd attempts to activate the LV only on the local node.
If the LV type allows concurrent access, then shared mode is used,
- clvmd attempts to deactivate the LV on all nodes.
- clvmd attempts to deactivate the LV on the local node.
- The CLVMD binary to use when clvmd restart is
requested. Defaults to /clvmd.
- The LVM2 binary to use. Defaults to /lvm.