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RE: [Linux-cluster] Can not create a GFS2 filesystem with block size of512



Don't use GFS2 on CentOS 5.2.  It simply isn't ready.
 
You'll want to setup either GFS1 instead, or wait for CentOS 5.3.


From: linux-cluster-bounces redhat com [mailto:linux-cluster-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Theophanis Kontogiannis
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 5:11 PM
To: 'linux clustering'
Subject: [Linux-cluster] Can not create a GFS2 filesystem with block size of512

Hello all,

 

I have:

 

Two nodes cluster with exactly the same hardware (4GB RAM, AMD X2, 1TB SATAII disk, 320GB PATA disk)

Centos 5.2

2.6.18-92.1.22.el5.centos.plus

gfs2-utils-0.1.44-1.el5_2.1

kmod-gfs-0.1.23-5.el5_2.4

 

I try to create GFS2 on 1TB LV (on the SATA disk) with ‘mkfs.gfs2 -b 512 -t tweety:gfs2-01 -p lock_dlm -j 10 /dev/mapper/vg1-data1’

 

I want to use 512 block size. Since the command looked that it last forever, I used –D option to look on what is going on. This visualized the fact that nothing happens after initial effort to create Journal 3.

 

Because I got those freezes during mkfs.gfs2, I used ‘vmstat –p /dev/sda1’ on a second terminal to observe disk activity. This confirmed that there is no disk activity after the initial effort to create Journal 3.

 

I thought that it might be a problem of how I created the LV so I erase all VG, LV and PV and try to create the file system on the physical device.

 

The creation of GFS2 on the physical partition also freezes on Journal 3.

 

This is the extract of the output of ‘mkfs.gfs2 -D -b 512 -t tweety:gfs2-01 -p lock_dlm -j 10 /dev/sda1’ (which is same to the output I get when using the LV instead of the physical partition):

 

………………………

  ri_addr: 1951423390  ri_length: 269  ri_data0: 1951423659  ri_data: 523884  ri_bitbytes: 130971

  ri_addr: 1951947543  ri_length: 269  ri_data0: 1951947812  ri_data: 523884  ri_bitbytes: 130971

  ri_addr: 1952471696  ri_length: 269  ri_data0: 1952471965  ri_data: 523884  ri_bitbytes: 130971

  ri_addr: 1952995849  ri_length: 269  ri_data0: 1952996118  ri_data: 523884  ri_bitbytes: 130971

Root directory:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 4  mh_format: 400  no_formal_ino: 1  no_addr: 399  di_mode: 040755  di_uid: 0  di_gid: 0  di_nlink: 2  di_size: 280  di_blocks: 1  di_atime: 1237752111  di_mtime: 1237752111  di_ctime: 1237752111  di_major: 0  di_minor: 0  di_goal_meta: 399  di_goal_data: 399  di_flags: 0x00000001  di_payload_format: 1200  di_height: 0  di_depth: 0  di_entries: 2  di_eattr: 0

Master dir:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 4  mh_format: 400  no_formal_ino: 2  no_addr: 400  di_mode: 040755  di_uid: 0  di_gid: 0  di_nlink: 2  di_size: 280  di_blocks: 1  di_atime: 1237752111  di_mtime: 1237752111  di_ctime: 1237752111  di_major: 0  di_minor: 0  di_goal_meta: 400  di_goal_data: 400  di_flags: 0x00000201  di_payload_format: 1200  di_height: 0  di_depth: 0  di_entries: 2  di_eattr: 0

Super Block:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 1  mh_format: 100  sb_fs_format: 1801  sb_multihost_format: 1900  sb_bsize: 512  sb_bsize_shift: 9  no_formal_ino: 2  no_addr: 400  no_formal_ino: 1  no_addr: 399  sb_lockproto: lock_dlm  sb_locktable: tweety:gfs2-01

Journal 0:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 4  mh_format: 400  no_formal_ino: 4  no_addr: 402  di_mode: 0100600  di_uid: 0  di_gid: 0  di_nlink: 1  di_size: 134217728  di_blocks: 266516  di_atime: 1237752111  di_mtime: 1237752111  di_ctime: 1237752111  di_major: 0  di_minor: 0  di_goal_meta: 4773  di_goal_data: 266917  di_flags: 0x00000200  di_payload_format: 0  di_height: 4  di_depth: 0  di_entries: 0  di_eattr: 0

Journal 1:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 4  mh_format: 400  no_formal_ino: 5  no_addr: 266918  di_mode: 0100600  di_uid: 0  di_gid: 0  di_nlink: 1  di_size: 134217728  di_blocks: 266516  di_atime: 1237752111  di_mtime: 1237752111  di_ctime: 1237752111  di_major: 0  di_minor: 0  di_goal_meta: 271289  di_goal_data: 533703  di_flags: 0x00000200  di_payload_format: 0  di_height: 4  di_depth: 0  di_entries: 0  di_eattr: 0

Journal 2:

  mh_magic: 0x01161970  mh_type: 4  mh_format: 400  no_formal_ino: 6  no_addr: 533704  di_mode: 0100600  di_uid: 0  di_gid: 0  di_nlink: 1  di_size: 134217728  di_blocks: 266516  di_atime: 1237752111  di_mtime: 1237752111  di_ctime: 1237752111  di_major: 0  di_minor: 0  di_goal_meta: 538075  di_goal_data: 800219  di_flags: 0x00000200  di_payload_format: 0  di_height: 4  di_depth: 0  di_entries: 0  di_eattr: 0

Journal 3:

 

After that I have no disk activity and no logging.

 

There is no message from the kernel.

 

Anyone knows the reason for that behavior, and what is the minimum block size I can use (I have tested 1024 and it works fine)?

 

Thank you all for your time.

 

Theophanis Kontogiannis

 


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