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Re: [dm-devel] Re: [RFC] [PATCH] lvm2: mirroredlog support



> Stefan Raspl [raspl linux vnet ibm com] wrote:
>> If I understand Takahiro correctly, the main issue is that the whole
>> log device becomes unusable in case one leg is broken...? Of course,
>> we still have the other leg with the most recent data available and
>> can read from that one. However, this would require that we can
>> start a mirror in rw-mode (so we can keep the still-recent half up
>> to date) even if one half has failed - a functionality which was
>> recently added to LVM, as we discussed in our last call...?
> 
> Stefan, Takahiro is using the latest LVM that brings LVs in rw-mode.
> That is not the problem. Actually, everything works if a slave leg of a
> "log mirror" is broken. But if the master leg of the "log mirror" is
> broken, entire log device becomes unusable. The reason is when we
> activate the "log mirror", it always synchronizes the data from the
> master leg to slave leg since it has no log device (as the "log mirror"
> uses "corelog"). In other words, the "log mirror" always starts in "not
> in sync" state and synchronizes.
> 
> If the master leg is broken for the "log mirror", it starts in "not in
> sync" state and tries to copy data from the "broken leg" to the active
> leg! This appears as the master leg failure while doing synchronization
> which makes the whole device unusable.
> 
>> I'm not sure if I understand his statements about the
>> synchronization correctly. Why would any synchronization within the
>> data mirror occur at all? It's only the log which is broken, not the
>> actual data in vg00-lv00_mimage_0/1. If any synchronization in the
>> _data_ mirror occurs just because one leg in the _log_ mirror has a
>> problem, I'd consider that a bug.
> 
> Since the entire log device is unusable with its "master device
> broken", the "data mirror" goes for synchronization.

Thank you for the good explanation, Malahal. You are explaining exactly
what I need to say. I'm using LVM2.2.02.43, on which this mirroredlog
patch is built.

Thanks,
Taka


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