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Re: [dm-devel] [multipath] SCSI device capacity mess



> > Some SAN hardware present for a same LUN a bunch of valid paths and  a
> > bunch ghost paths. In my case, the ghosts responds to standard INQUIRY
> > (EVPD 0x83, 0x80, ...) but the READ_CAPACITY fails :
> 
> As a note, this is one mode the EMC CLARiiON arrays can also operate in.
> Even worse, they won't present the block device at all, just the SCSI
> generic mode. However, for the CLARiiONs, they can be configured to
> behave sanely and reply to a READ_CAPACITY too (just all I/O will be
> errored), if setting the failovermode to 1.
> 
> I wonder whether your system can also be configured as such?
> 
Yes it could, but it's a controler wide setting.

Compatibility with other OS sharing the same controlers might impose
this mode though. So I'd like to straight this situation up.

> > 
> > 1) make the /sys/block/*/size attribute writable
> > 2) resurrect a BLKSETSIZE ioctl
> > 3) make device-mapper less strict, and hope we can fix the size by a
> > device rescan when it get activated
> > 4) sell the culprit hardware
> 
> Personally I would opt for 4), but 3) is the likely path to solve this.
> 
> Using the new priority group initialization code (where we sent magic
> commands down to activate the newly switched-to PG) which Alasdair and I
> are currently doing for the CLARiiON pampering and which provides a
> plugin-architecture to the dm-mpath system, you should be able to plug
> in a hardware-specific handler for your system too.
> 
> However, "relaxing" this check should likely also be a property of the
> hardware plugin loaded; I'd not wish to have it relaxed in all
> scenarios.
> 
I wonder if it's not simpler just to remove the NOSTARTONADD flag on
this devices in scsi_devinfo.c. I tested that and all the READ CAPACITY
succeed as expected (DEC HSG80 / COMPAQ HSV*).

Wasn't this flag in part motivated by the lack of multipath support
anyway ?

Even in a cluster context, I don't really buy the annoyance of
occasional LUN ping-pong.

regards,
-- 
christophe varoqui <christophe varoqui free fr>


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