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RE: [dm-devel] Re: multipathing pending issues with rhel




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> From: dm-devel-bounces redhat com 
> [mailto:dm-devel-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Christophe Varoqui
> Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 7:07 PM
> To: Benjamin Marzinski
> Cc: dm-devel redhat com
> Subject: [dm-devel] Re: multipathing pending issues with rhel
> 
> Le Wed, 8 Oct 2008 17:11:48 -0500,
> Benjamin Marzinski <bmarzins redhat com> a écrit :
> 
> > On Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 11:07:25PM +0200, Christophe Varoqui wrote:
> > > Ben,
> > >
> > > I'd like to summarize all the issues I raised recently through my 
> > > employers support channel on the multipath subsystem.
> > > And see if something can be done about it, at least in 
> the upstream 
> > > concerned codebases.
> > >
> > > 1/ multipathd private namespace pins lvm2 logical volumes maps 
> > > mounted at daemon startup, thus making "vgchange -ay" fail, even 
> > > after umounting the visible mount. In my context, it also means I 
> > > can't stop a clustered service build on this vg to start it on 
> > > another node. This problem does not affect upstream which 
> does not 
> > > create a private namespace.
> >
> errata: "vgchange -an", though it's clear you read it as I meant :)
> 
> > This already has a fix queued for 5.3.  Multipathd now 
> unounts all of 
> > the unnecessary mount points after creating the private namespace.
> >
> Good to know, thanks for this update.
> 
> > >
> > > 2/ can't map a rw multipath over read-only paths. Quick 
> workaround 
> > > to create ro multipath, but ro->rw promotion is not 
> automatic when 
> > > paths become writable. I keep thinking we should allow rw 
> multipath 
> > > over ro paths. The ro->rw event might also work, but what will 
> > > trigger the kernel rw status change in the first place ? To my 
> > > knowledge, only a manual scsi device rescan can force this status 
> > > update ... which accounts for a less user-friendly 
> solution than the 
> > > former.
> >
> > The workaround is in place for 5.3, but I fully agree that a kernel 
> > patch to allow rw maps on top of ro devices is the way to go in the 
> > future.
> >
> Glad we share this point of view. Will you propose patches 
> for inclusion upstream ? Which update level do you estimate 
> will include this fix ?
> 
> > > 3/ Can't use scsi-3 persistent reservations on clariion 
> multipathed 
> > > luns : paths reserved on node A, writes submitted on node 
> B should 
> > > be errored immediately to ensure data integrity. Instead, 
> writes get 
> > > buffered in the "queue_if_no_path" logic, and finally corrupt the 
> > > data when reservation get cleared. In my context, 
> reservation is the 
> > > prefered io fencing method for clusters.
> > > The kernel knows the write io submitted on a path is 
> refused due to 
> > > a reservation conflict, but this status is not propagated to 
> > > multipath for it to react by not queuing this io as it should.
> > >
> This one is hard to understand, I empatize. Nonetheless it 
> deserves attention, as it is a data-corrupter for the clients 
> using, or eager to use, persistent reservations on these 
> widespread Clariion arrays. I know Mike Christie already 
> tried to address the issue years ago ... he might be willing 
> to take over again. (hope)
> 

I think I inadvertantly made this matter worse about two years ago
when I changed the clariion path checker to issue a scsi read via
sg_read in libsg.c after inquiry page 0xc0 in order to discern an
inactive from an active clariion snapshot logical unit.  This change
to multipath-tools/libcheckers/emc_clariion.c causes a path check on
a path to incur a reservation error if the reservation is held
by a different I/T nexus.

A reasonable fix for this problem is to have sg_read in
multipath-tools/libcheckers/libsg.c return PATH_UP even if the
return value from ioctl is < 0 if the returned scsi status
in io_hdr.status is SAM_STAT_RESERVATION_CONFLICT.

The dm-mpath.c  
> > > Regards,
> > > cvaroqui
> 
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