[linux-lvm] scsi/fc multipath failover patch

Jos Visser josv at osp.nl
Mon Nov 6 17:01:34 UTC 2000


Does anyone know whether md, lvm and likeminded drivers are resistant
against this alternate pathing solution? I mean, when you connect a SCSI
(or FC disk for that matter) through two controllers, any application or
driver that does scanning of the attached disks and partitions will
encounter the same disk/partitions twice. 

In order to solve this, they must have some way of identifying the disk 
uniquely, and thus being able to conclude that they've seen it before.
HP-UX solves this by having a unique Pyshical Volume ID in the disk
header (PVID), thus it knows that a certain physical disk is an
alternate path for a disk that it has seen before.

Anyone any clues on how this is solved in a LinuxCare T3 patch/lvm/md


And thus it came to pass that Michael E Brown wrote:
(on Mon, Nov 06, 2000 at 09:56:44AM -0600 to be exact)

> All,
>   I've been lurking on the list for a while, and I just found something
> that would probably be of great value to everyone. While I've heard
> people ask for it, I haven't seen anybody who knew of a patch to provide
> multipath failover for Linux.  Linuxcare developed multipath failover
> when they made the Sun T3 driver, although I haven't seen it publicized.
> Their kernel patch provides a generic multipath-failover layer for
> linux. The kernel patch is fairly small and clean, and comes with a
> couple userspace tools to set everything up. The URLS are below
> http://open-projects.linuxcare.com/t3/   <--Generic project homepage
> http://open-projects.linuxcare.com/t3/download/sun-t3-0.3.1.tar.gz
> cheers!
> Michael Brown

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