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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 7/7] Hold all write bios when errors are handled



On 11/25/09 15:44, malahal us ibm com wrote:
> Takahiro Yasui [tyasui redhat com] wrote:
>>> The requirements are:
>>> * if one of legs fail or log fails, you must automatically continue 
>>> without human intervention
>>> * if both legs fail, you must shut it down and not pretend that something 
>>> was written when it wasn't (this would break durability requirement of 
>>> transactions).
>>
>> I agree with this point. lvm mirror could be used on filesystems such as
>> ext3 and each filesystem and application needs to take care those situation
>> to prevent data corruption. I don't think that it is realistic, and the
>> underlying layer should prevent data corruption. I now understand primary
>> and secondary disks need to be blocked.
> 
> If you think that I/O needs to be blocked for first or second leg
> failures, then I am afraid that there is no way to keep the failed
> mirror in the system for re-integrating failed devices.
> 
> I would like to keep the mirror as mirror when one of the legs fails as
> opposed to making it linear now by dmeventd. This is to re-integrate a
> failed leg into the mirror to handle transient device failures. Here is
> what I am planning to do, let me know if you find any issues:
> 
> 1. Secondary leg failure. dmeventd will NOT change the meta data at all.
>    It will call "lvchange --refresh" that will start resynchronization.
>    This will be done a few times. If the device still fails to
>    re-integrate, it is left the way it is and no further re-integrations
>    attempts are done. The number of attempts can be done at configurable
>    intervals.
> 
> 2. First leg failure (aka Primary leg failure): The kernel would stop
>    handling any further I/O. The dmeventd will change mirror meta data
>    [it will re-order the legs ] so that the secondary now becomes the
>    primary. I will try to re-integrate the failed device few times before
>    giving up just as in the case "1" above.
> 
> The kernel module will never progress with a first leg failure as you
> see above.

It looks very good idea for both increasing system availability and
handling transient errors. I hope we could solve the issue I commented
in the email:
  https://www.redhat.com/archives/dm-devel/2009-November/msg00253.html
and adopt this method.

Thanks,
Taka


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