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Re: [dm-devel] Device removal handling

On 07/11/2011 05:08 PM, Phillip Susi wrote:
On 7/10/2011 6:03 PM, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:
(But devices should be removed from the top down, obviously, and if
it's your main filesystem, you could e.g. set up a ramdisk do do
this from.)

I disagree. Right now dmraid relies on doing this, but this is not
possible if it is not aware of the higher level mappings because
they were created by kpartx. LVM and multipath will have the same
problem if kpartx recognizes partitions contained within an LV.

Hardware removal also necessitates bottom up removal, since the
initial event comes from unplugging the hardware at the bottom of
the stack. The system needs to propagate notification of that up the
stack so that the higher layers can react appropriately and release
the removed lower layer device.


I've been facing this problem for a long time now;
eg if you're having a dm-mirror with one leg local and another one on iSCSI. Try shutting down iSCSI here with LVM going bonkers ...

I wouldn't mind replacing a failed device with an error target.
What I would mind is to having to code that logic into each and every subsystem which might find itself running underneath LVM/device-mapper.

What I would like to see is this logic being pushed into
eg dmsetup, so that one call to dmsetup would be sufficient to achieve this. And without heavy parsing of arguments etc.
Something like 'dmraid replace error' would be cool.


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