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Re: [dm-devel] [RFC][PATCH 0/4] dm-log: support multi-log devices



Alasdair, Jonathan: Any comments regarding kernel module vs
implementing it entirely with in LVM to support this multi-log feature?

Thanks, Malahal.

malahal us ibm com [malahal us ibm com] wrote:
> Takahiro Yasui [tyasui redhat com] wrote:
> > Hi Malahal,
> > > A while back IBM posted a patch to LVM that constructs a log device with
> > > a mirror and then creates the real mirror using such a mirrored log
> > > device. I think this may solve your problem. It was completely written
> > > in LVM and Stefan refreshed it to the latest LVM.
> > 
> > Thank you for the comment and information. It seems that your
> > approach seems to address my problem, too. Here I have a concern
> > about write performance because an additional mirror mapping might
> > introduce additional delay and overhead. In addition, error for
> > log devices is better to be handled by the simple way, and a basic
> > error handling would work.
> 
> In theory yes, but I doubt it would be user visible that much. We expect
> transient failures under some circumstances, so we would like to handle
> them. In other words, a failed device is expected to come back and the
> mirror target should re-integrate it automatically when it comes back.
> Can your multi-log code handle re-synchronizing a log device?
> 
> With our user level only implementation, the log device handling would
> be as good as the real mirror *leg* handling. We get all the benefits of
> the mirror without doing any code! Wouldn't it be nice?
> 
> 
> > I couldn't find any discussion after you posted the patch.
> > Could you tell me if IBM also have the same background as I have,
> > or do you have another issue to solve? I would also like to know
> > if my approach solves your problem.
> 
> Jonathan, Alasdair and I had discussions about the patch. I can send
> them to you if you want.
> 
> As I said, we want to handle transient device failures. Can your patch
> work with such log devices?
> 
> --Malahal.


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