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Re: [dm-devel] dm: Fix alignment stacking on partitioned devices



On Mon, Dec 21 2009 at 12:49pm -0500,
Martin K. Petersen <martin petersen oracle com> wrote:

> >>>>> "Mike" == Mike Snitzer <snitzer redhat com> writes:
> 
> Mike> This is not required because DM assumes alignment_offset has
> Mike> already been accounted for by the caller (e.g. LVM2 or some other
> Mike> ficitional DM consumer).
> 
> Mike> Below, "start" represents the aligned start of the data for a
> Mike> given volume.  That start must have already been shifted by
> Mike> alignment_offset; as is the case with lvm2 (>= 2.02.51), see the
> Mike> following lvm2 commits:
> Mike> http://sources.redhat.com/git/gitweb.cgi?p=lvm2.git;a=commit;h=282029eb45e56
> Mike> http://sources.redhat.com/git/gitweb.cgi?p=lvm2.git;a=commit;h=6c88b6c660020
> 
> Mike> All this being said, how did you arrive at this patch?  Why do you
> Mike> feel it is needed?  Was it just from code inspection?
> 
> Interesting.
> 
> I have one case in my topology test scripts that prints a DM alignment
> warning with the old stacking algorithm but doesn't with the new one.  A
> bit surprising given that the new approach is much more picky.  MD
> correctly prints a warning for the same device with both algorithms.
> 
> So I added a few printks and noticed that DM was calling the stacking
> function with the same start sector for both devices.  That seemed odd
> because the PV devices are misaligned partitions on the same disk.

That is interesting.

Do you have traces from the kernel with the old stacking function?
(BTW. you don't _need_ kernel traces because the 'dmsetup table' output
gives you the "start").  I have to believe the same "start" values are
being provided regardless of the stacking function.

If that is the case then the data "start" should be different for these
individual PVs (one following the other).  If not, can you provide the
'dmsetup table' output for the associated DM devices?
 
> Note that this was run using an old EL5 LVM toolkit because I'm not
> interested in having userland compensate for any misalignment.

OK, strikes me as odd but you must have your reasons (maybe you're just
testing that the old untrained tools create misaligned partitions, LVs,
etc?).

Mike


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