[linux-lvm] Reliability

Heinz J. Mauelshagen Mauelshagen at Sistina.com
Wed Jun 7 17:43:35 UTC 2000

Quorum support is a solution to deal with the activation of a VG without having
all PVs available which belong to it.

This actually is usefull in case you have associated all LEs of specific LVs
to available PVs and want to access those.
In real life scenarios this can't be garanteed though which leads to partitally
destroyed (unusable) LV contents and in consequence to filesystem errors.

Therefore qourum is IMO not really usefull.

The tradeoff of the existing solution nevertheless is that reconstruction of
the partition table and the VGDA is necessary on a replacement disk (subsystem)
which takes some time :-{(
After this we almost have the same scenario as with quorum.
The difference is that no I/O errors are returned in case of accessing
bad LEs.


On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 07:07:57PM +0200, Jan Niehusmann wrote:
> What happens when one of several drives in a vg fails? Is the whole vg
> lost or only lv's that are on that pv? In the latter case, what about
> lv's that are only partly located on that pv?
> I once observed that with a corrupted partition table, causing one pv
> to be lost, the whole vg didn't get detected. As I was able to reconstruct
> the partition table, I didn't try very hard to get the vg running 
> without that drive. 
> Jan



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