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Re: [dm-devel] Changes in multipathing between 0.4.5 (SLES9) and 0.4.7 (SLES10)


Lupe Christoph wrote:

I just ran into a strange difference in the behavious of multipathing
between SLES9 and SLES10. While SLES9 seemed to ignore single-pathed
disks like volumes on the internal RAID controller of IBM xSeries,
SLES10 welcomes them leading to different pathes in /etc/fstab.

There is a lot of our software involved in this behavious, so let's just
say that the change is unwelcome ;-)

We have for now overcome this by blacklisting the internal RAID
controller. But there are many types of RAID controllers involved (the
machines have all hardware-mirrored internal disks), so we would like to
have a better solution.

Is there a way to tell the multipath-tools to ignore devices that have
only a single path? I found nothing in the multipath.conf manpage, but
maybe I read it wrong.

No, there isn't. For multipathing we cannot distinguish between 'real'
single path systems and multipath systems with all but one path failed.
So whenever multipath is activated we have to assume that the admin
really wants to have multipath, and consequently the admin will have
to take appropriate steps.

Although there is no harm in running the system entirely on multipath;
the performance impact for the root fs is negligible ...


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