[Linux-cluster] Starter Cluster / GFS

Gordan Bobic gordan at bobich.net
Fri Nov 19 15:03:33 UTC 2010

Nicolas Ross wrote:
>> I see. In that case, I dare say that the writes hitting one disk at a time is normal. It's a volume group, not RAID1 per se.
> Ok, that's what I assumed. Is it possible to have best of both world;-) ? That is, strip the data on both disk, using vg (semi raid 0), without using dm, and without using striping at the vg level (vgcreate -i) ?

I'm not sure LVM can do that, but I'm not a big fan of LVM so perhaps 
somebody else can provide a definitive answer?

I keep thinking it'd be really nice if MD finally got cluster awareness, 
but that feature has been coming for years and is till nowhere to be 
seen, so I wouldn't hold my breath for it.

>> Interesting. If that really is the same GFS2 bug you're tripping that I bumped into 3 years ago and you're on RHEL6b, that is quite concerning. Doubly so if GFS1 support has been completely removed.
> How can I confirm that is what is happening ? Can you provide me with a test case ?

Back when I tried using it, it was reproducible by having > 1 dovecot 
IMAP client running in the cluster with maildirs stored on GFS2. 
Accessing mailboxes with only 2-3 users used to reliably deadlock it in 
under 10 seconds. The only cure was a full cluster reboot. IIRC I was 
told at the time here that the bug was one of the known ones, so I never 
bothered investigating further.


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