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



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.

This already has a fix queued for 5.3.  Multipathd now unounts all of
the unnecessary mount points after creating the private namespace.

> 
> 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.

> 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.
> 
> Regards,
> cvaroqui


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