[dm-devel] [RFC][PATCH] dm: add dm-power-fail target

Zach Brown zab at redhat.com
Mon Nov 24 22:35:27 UTC 2014

> >>That is way complicated, I was just going to take two devices, one that's a
> >>linear mapping and the other that's the log, and then write to the log the
> >>sector+data that was written in order that it completes, and then have
> >>userspace do the replay.  So basically do the flush tracking like I am, then
> >>write out chunks to the log device to keep a semblance of how the flushing
> >>would have affected stuff, something like this
> >>
> >>write a, write b, a complete, flush, b complete, flush complete
> >>
> >>would log out
> >>
> >>wrote a, flush, write b, <other writes>, <next flush>
> >>
> >>and then we have a userspace thing that could do something like replay all
> >>writes to a flush, do fs consistency and data consistency checks, walk to
> >>the next flush, rinse repeat, and that way we could be sure that we always
> >>have a consistent fs.
> >
> >I guess that'd be an ok start, but I don't think you need any clever
> >kernel code to do that.  I've hacked up something like this in bash with
> >blktrace, loopback files, and dd :/.
> I don't think blktrace gives us the data being written though does it? If it
> does then hooray I'm done playing a device mapper developer.

Right, that script was only working with the dumb simple case of using
manual double buffering and simple test loads that wouldn't overwrite

> With the logging approach then it is completely up to us how we replay the
> log, so we can always go back and do more horrible things with the replay,
> like replay for a while, skip a flush and write some of the next random crap
> and see what happens.  Doing horrible things is awesome and that is what I
> want, but I also want to make sure we're not failing in the simple things
> too.  Thanks,

Sure, that's fair.  So maybe expand blktrace to include the data
payloads? :).

- z

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