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[lvm-devel] Re: [PATCH 0 of 10] LVM: Mirrored log support



Jonathan Brassow [jbrassow redhat com] wrote:
> These patches are a replacement to the proposed patches - a fresh start.
> They address a couple problems that I saw with the old patches: 1)
> Allocation policies are respected and behave the same as today for other
> log types.
> 2) The on-disk layout of the previous version - when given only two
> disks to allocate from - would put the log on the front of one device
> and the back of another.  This virtually ensures a performance hit.
> These patches put the logs in the same place WRT the images.
> 3) The new patches reduce parameter bloat.  I think the previous patches
> required the extra parameters because they were using functions deep in
> the code that were from higher levels... adding parameters and
> "spaghettifying" the code.

Thank you, Jonathan. I tested creating mirrored volumes with the new
patchset and was able to activate/deactivate with the old patchset and
vice-versa. I was able to create mirrored volumes with new patchset and
was able to activate/deactivate with the virgin 2.02.53 LVM code.
 
> These patches should be considered a starting point.  While 'lvcreate'
> works, 'lvconvert' does not handle all transitions.  In fact,
> 'lvconvert' will only handle 'core' -> 'disk/redundant' and
> 'disk/redundant' -> 'core'.  It will not handle 'disk' <-> 'redundant'.

I haven't tried these, will try next. Initially, I thought anyone
wishing to go from 'disk' to 'redundant' can go to 'disk -> core' and
then 'core -> redundant'. The only problem is they may lose the 'sync'
status and the second conversion may sync the mirror data. We can either
choose to support 'disk <-> redundant' OR supply '--nosync' option to
lvconvert. What do you think?

Thank you again for the patchset.

--Malahal.


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