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Re: [dm-devel] multipathd daemon and some bad behavior

On sam., 2010-06-26 at 12:13 +0200, jozef janec wrote:
> Hello All,
> I'm using device mapper multipath for long time, on SAN storage and I
> have detected a few very critical issues. The main is:
> example:
> configure 2 multipath devices (and have friednly names enabled)
> on those two devices create vg and lvol and ctivate it. Than edit the
> bindigs file and swap the ids for mpath devices.
> mpatha id1
> mpathb id2
> to
> mpatha id2
> mpathb id1 
> and restart multipathd
> when you check output from multipath -ll you will see that multipath
> swapped the devices behinde the used mpath targets. The result is that
> the io operation are directed to wrong lun and the fs is corupted. We
> have found workeround and to define aliases for the luns in
> multipath.conf. Than the bindigs file is ignored .
> but this is not fix the best solution is if there will be added some
> check if the line in bindings file is correct, or if the mpath target
> is used or not, and if it is used don\t allow change it. IS possible
> create a patch for this?
> This issue can be happneded for example when you remove bindings file
> and you restart the multipath.
> the problem is that you can add lun to the server, it will get mpatha
> device name, than second but with scsi id lower as the first one but
> because mpatha is already assaigned it will get mpathb. Now when you
> remove the bindigs file and restart multipath, multipath will create
> new bindigs file not by currect situation which is in dm-multipath but
> by scsi ids, and it will swap the luns maps, and activate them .
> result corupted fs.
> I think the bext way will be that multipathd should try get the
> information from dm-multipath modul, and if they aren't there than by
> scsi information. This will avoind create wrong bindings file which
> can makes troubles.
> I already restored 3 servers because I lost oracle on alot of
> servers. 
The bindings file is a database, not a config file. That's why it would
best reside in /var than /etc, but the mount ordering problems forced us
to move it to /etc. As a database, you wouldn't ever think sane to
mangle it freely like you do.

user_friendly_names is for people who don't want to name their multipath
devices *at all*. If you want user-defined names, you must use aliasing
in /etc/multipath.conf. If you have a cluster setup, you must user
aliasing to force a consistent device naming across the cluster.

> Please could you check if there is possible cerate some patches for
> multipathd which will avoid this behavior?
A documentation patch at least.

> Thanks
> best regards
> Jozef

Christophe Varoqui <christophe varoqui opensvc com>

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