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Re: [dm-devel] Another cache target



On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 08:23:09AM +0000, Joe Thornber wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 01:51:19PM -0800, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > Yeah, I think I've seen some odd behavior too - on one of my runs, blkid
> > reported that the cache device had the same superblock as the aggregate device.
> > My guess is that block 0 on the exported device got mapped to block 0 of the
> > cache.  I'll see if I can make it happen again, but that brings me to another
> > set of questions.
> 
> This is normal.
> 
> > First, is there a plan to have userspace tools to set up the cache, provide
> > protective superblocks, etc.?
> 
> Yes, lvm2 will support it soon (hopefully).  Tools like cache_check,
> cache_dump, cache_restore that manipulate the metadata device are
> nearly ready.

Are these tools available anywhere for testing?

--D
> 
> >  As far as I can tell, the slow disk and the fast
> > disk don't have headers to declare the existence of the cache, so blkid and
> > friends can end up seeing things they shouldn't.  How were you planning to keep
> > users from mounting the slow device before the cache comes up?
> 
> We don't label the origin device or ssd in anyway.
> 
> > Second, if the cache is in WB mode, is there a way to force it to flush the
> > cache contents to disk?  Or does it do that at dmsetup create time?
> 
>   Reload the cache target with the cleaner policy.  Once it's finished
>   writing everything back it'll trigger a dm event that you can catch
>   with 'dmsetup wait'.  Then check the status to double check there
>   are no dirty blocks.  At this point you can ditch the cache and use
>   the origin directly.  See test below.
> 
> 
>   def wait_for_all_clean(cache)
>     cache.event_tracker.wait(cache) do |cache|
>       status = CacheStatus.new(cache)
>       status.nr_dirty == 0
>     end
>   end
> 
>   def test_cleaner_policy
>     with_standard_cache(:format => true) do |cache|
>       git_prepare(cache, :ext4)
> 
>       cache.pause do
>         table = cache.active_table
>         table.targets[0].args[6] = 'cleaner'
>         cache.load(table)
>       end
> 
>       wait_for_all_clean(cache)
>     end
> 
>     # We should be able to use the origin directly now
>     with_standard_linear do |origin|
>       fs = FS::file_system(:ext4, origin)
>       fs.with_mount('./kernel_builds', :discard => true) do
>         # triggers fsck
>       end
>     end
>   end
> 
> 
> - Joe


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