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Re: [Linux-cluster] SCSI reservation conflicts after update

We had a similar issue and we just removed sg3utils (orsomething like that), if your not going to use it.

Gary Romo
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04/02/2008 10:23 AM

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Re: [Linux-cluster] SCSI reservation conflicts after update

I went back and investigated why this might happen. Seems that I had
seen it before but could not recall how this sort of thing happens.

For 4.6, the scsi_reserve script should only be run if you intend to use
SCSI reservations as a fence mechanism, as you correctly pointed out at
the end of your message. I believe in 4.6 scsi_reserve was incorrectly
enabled by default.

The real problem is that the keys used for scsi reservations are based
on node ID. For this reason, it is required that nodeid be defined in
the cluster.conf file for all nodes. Without this, the nodeid can change
from node to node between cluster restarts, etc. The scsi_reserve and
fence_scsi scripts require consistent nodeid (ie. they do not change).

So I think the problem we are seeing is that running 'scsi_reserve stop'
cannot work since that will attempt to remove that node's key from the
devices. If that key has changed (the node ID changed), it will not find
a matching registration key on the device and thus fail.

The best bet is to disable scsi_reserve and to clear all scsi
reservations. As you mentioned, the sg_persist command with the -C
option should do the trick. I am guessing that the reason that failed
for you is that you must supply the device name AND the key being used
for that I_T nexus. You can use sg_persist to list the keys registered
with a particular device, but since nodeid's may have changed you might
have to guess the key for a particular node (ie. the node you run the
sg_persist -C command on). The good news is that when you identify the
correct key it will clear all the keys.


Sajesh Singh wrote:
> After updating my GFS cluster to the latest packages (as of 3/28/08) on
> an Enterprise Linux 4.6 cluster (kernel version 2.6.9-67.0.7.ELsmp)  I
> am receiving scsi reservation errors whenever the nodes are rebooted.
> The node is then subsequently rebooted at varying intervals without any
> intervention. I have tried to disable the scsi_reserve script from
> startup, but it does not seem to have any effect. I have also tried to
> use the sg_persist command to clear all reservations with the -C option
> to no avail. I first noticed something was wrong when the 2nd node of
> the 2 node cluster was being updated. That was the first sign of the
> scsi reservation errors on the console.
>  From my understanding persistent SCSI reservations are only needed if I
> am using the fence_scsi module.
> I would appreciate any guidance.
> Regards,
> Sajesh Singh
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