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Re: [dm-devel] Setting up a multipath device



Some more questions:

  1. I couldn't find the config file. Where is it located? Is there any
     documentation about it?
  2. How can I configure fancy naming for devices (instaed of using
     something like /dev/mapper/3600c0ff00000000007c1d121c397f503) in
     the config file?
  3. How can I config the delay from the time that a device has failed
     until the dm moves to the next active device? Again, I understand
     that I should use the config file somehow.

I tried to run the following test: I created a multipath device with 2 physical devices (/dev/sda & /dev/sdb). I started running traffic on the multipath device. All traffic ran through /dev/sda. Then, I disconnected the iSCSI target that was represented by /dev/sda. After some time, the traffic was directed to /dev/sdb. I stopped the traffic, disconnected the iSCSI target that was represented by /dev/sdb and reconnected /dev/sda. Now, if I run `multipath -l`, I see the following output:

3600c0ff00000000007c1d121c397f503
[size=10 GB][features=0][hwhandler=0]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=0][enabled]
\_ 0:0:0:0 sda 8:0   [failed][undef]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=0][enabled]
\_ 1:0:0:0 sdb 8:16  [failed][faulty]

/dev/sdb is dead and I'm ok with it. However, /dev/sda is alive. I was able to run the following command:

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/null count=100000

However, if I run the following command:

dd if=/dev/mapper/3600c0ff00000000007c1d121c397f503 of=/dev/null count=100000

This is what I get:

dd: reading `/dev/mapper/3600c0ff00000000007c1d121c397f503': Input/output error
0+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes (0 B) copied, 0.00067 seconds, 0.0 kB/s

Can't it recongnize that a device that has failed (/dev/sda) is back to life?

Thanks
Erez


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