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Re: [dm-devel] Failed path will not be recovered when disabling/enabling remote port



Hi all,

Konrad Rzeszutek wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 01:44:18PM +0200, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
>> Christian May wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I've setup an IBM z10 LPAR (mainframe server) with 2.6.30-kernel.
>>> Attached to the System z10 was an IBM DS8000 storage server. 10x SCSI
>>> LUNs were assigned to LPAR via two pathes:
>>>
>>> Example:
>>> 36005076303ffc1040000000000001269 dm-9 IBM,2107900
>>> size=1.0G features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw
>>> `-+- policy='round-robin 0' prio=-2 status=active
>>>  |- 0:0:0:1080639506 sdw   65:96  active undef running
>>>  `- 1:0:1:1080639506 sdt   65:48  active undef running
>>>
>>> Special parameter setting: dev_loss_tmo=90sec; fast_io_fail_tmo=5sec
>>>
>>> multipath tools: multipath-tools v0.4.9 (04/04, 2009)
>>> device-mapper: device-mapper-1.02.27-7.fc10.s390x,
>>> device-mapper-libs-1.02.27-7.fc10.s390x
>>>
>>> When removing a remote port (disabling a port on the BROCADE FC switch)
>>> one path failed.
>>>
>>> root h42lp26/ESAME:~]
>>>> multipath -l
>>> 36005076303ffc1040000000000001268 dm-8 ,
>>> size=1.0G features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw
>>> `-+- policy='round-robin 0' prio=-2 status=active
>>>  |- #:#:#:#          -     #:#   failed undef running
>>>  `- 1:0:1:1080573970 sdr   65:16 active undef running
>>>
>>> After a while (>90sec) SCSI LUNs were removed from system:
>>>
>> [ .. ]
>>> When re-enabling the path, SCSI LUNS were reassigned to system but path
>>> didn't recover:
>>>
>> [ .. ]
>>
>>>
>>> [root h42lp26/ESAME:~]
>>>> multipath -l
>>> 36005076303ffc1040000000000001268 dm-8 ,
>>> size=1.0G features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw
>>> `-+- policy='round-robin 0' prio=-2 status=active
>>>  |- #:#:#:#          -     #:#    failed undef running
>>>  `- 1:0:1:1080573970 sdr   65:16  active undef running
>>>
>>>
>>> Running "multipath" command will recover the failed path but that's not
>>> way it should be...can somebody help to fix this? Why is the path not
>>> recovered automatically?
>>>
>> It should, really.
>>
>> The problem is that the paths have _not_ been reconnected;
>> the hashes indicates that the in-kernel multipath code references
>> a device for which no information is available.
>> And the new device has _not_ been reconnected, as otherwise
>> you'd end up with _three_ paths here.
>>
>> Probably missing udev integration.
> 
> Could also be a race condition that is present in SLES10 + RHEL5
> kernels. Where the SysFS directories are created (and the udev event it
> sent out), but the kernel hasn't populated the SysFS directories. So
> when multipathd tries to read them it finds no pertient information and
> shoves it off to the 'orphan' state.
> 
Really? With SLES10? Have you actually observed this?
We're running multipath _after_ udev has processed the event.
And udev already waited for sysfs, so we should be safe there.

It might be applicable to mainline multipath-tools, but
the SLES10 one ... I'd be surprised.

Well, reasonably surprised. multipath keeps on throwing
an amazing number of issues still.

Do you have more information here?

Cheers,

Hannes
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