[linux-lvm] LVM snapshot with Clustered VG [SOLVED]

Zdenek Kabelac zkabelac at redhat.com
Fri Mar 15 15:55:28 UTC 2013

Dne 15.3.2013 16:36, Vladislav Bogdanov napsal(a):
> 15.03.2013 18:02, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>> Dne 15.3.2013 15:51, Vladislav Bogdanov napsal(a):
>>> 15.03.2013 16:32, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>>>> Dne 15.3.2013 13:53, Vladislav Bogdanov napsal(a):
>>>>> 15.03.2013 12:37, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>>>>>> Dne 15.3.2013 10:29, Vladislav Bogdanov napsal(a):
>>>>>>> 15.03.2013 12:00, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>>>>>>>> Dne 14.3.2013 22:57, Andreas Pflug napsal(a):
>>>>>>>>> On 03/13/13 19:30, Vladislav Bogdanov wrote:
>>>>>>> You could activate LVs with the above syntax [ael]
>>>>>> (there is a tag support - so you could exclusively activate LV on
>>>>>> remote
>>>>>> node in via some configuration tags)
>>>>> Could you please explain this - I do not see anything relevant in man
>>>>> pages.
>>>> Let's say - you have 3 nodes  A, B, C - each have a TAG_A, TAG_B, TAG_C,
>>>> then on node A you may exclusively activate LV which has TAG_B - this
>>>> will try to exclusively active LV on the node which has it configured
>>>> in lvm.conf  (see the  volume_list= [])
>>> Aha, if I understand correctly this is absolutely not what I need.
>>> I want all this to be fully dynamic without any "config-editing voodoo".
>>>>>> And you want to 'upgrade' remote locks to something else ?
>>>>> Yes, shared-to-exclusive end vice verse.
>>>> So how do you convert the lock from   shared to exclusive without unlock
>>>> (if I get it right - you keep the ConcurrentRead lock - and you want to
>>>> take Exlusive -  to  make change state from  'active' to 'active
>>>> exlusive')
>>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_lock_manager
>>> I just pass LCKF_CONVERT to dlm_controld if requested and needed. And
>>> that is dlm's task to either satisfy conversion or to refuse it.
>> So to understand myself better this thing -
>> the dlm sends 'unlock' requests to all other nodes except the one which
>> should be converted to exclusive mode and send exclusive lock to the
>> prefered node?
> No.
> clvmd sends request to a remote clvmd to upgrade or acquire or release
> the lock.
> That remote instance asks local dlm to do the job. dlm either says OK or
> says ERROR.
> It does not do anything except that.
> It LV is locked on a remote node, be it shared or exclusive lock, dlm
> says ERROR if exclusive lock (or conversion to it) is requested.
> My patches also allow "-an --force" to release shared locks on other
> nodes. Exclusive lock may be released or downgraded only on node which
> holds it (or with --node <node>).
>>>> Clvmd 'communicates' via these locks.
>>> Not exactly true.
>>> clvmd does cluster communications with corosync, which implements
>>> virtual synchrony, so all cluster nodes receive messages in the same
>>> order.
>>> At the bottom, clvmd uses libdlm to communicate with dlm_controld and
>>> request it to lock/unlock.
>>> dlm_controld instances use corosync for membership and locally manages
>>> in-kernel dlm counter-part, which uses tcp/sctp mesh-like connections to
>>> communicate.
>>> So request from one clvmd instance goes to another and goes to kernel
>>> from there, and then it is distributed to other nodes. Actually that
>>> does not matter where does it hits kernel space if it supports
>>> delegation of locks to remote nodes, but I suspect it doesn't. But if it
>>> doesn't support such thing, then the only option to manage lock on a
>>> remote node is to request that's node dlm instance to do the locking job.
>>>> So the proper algorithm needs to be there for ending with some proper
>>>> state after locks changes (and sorry I'm not a dlm expert here)
>>> That is what actually happens.
>>> There is just no difference between running (to upgrade local lock to
>>> exclusive on node <node>.
>>> ssh <node> lvchange -aey --force VG/LV
>>> or
>>> lvchange -aey --node <node> --force VG/LV
>> --node is exactly what the tag is for - each node may have it's tag.
>> lvm doesn't work with cluster nodes.
> But corosync and dlm operate node IDs, and pacemaker operates node names
> and IDs. None of them use tags.
>> The question is - could be the code transformed to use this logic ?
>> I guess you need to know  dlm node name here right ?
> Node IDs are obtained from corosync membership list, and may be used for
> that. If corosync is configured with nodelist in a way pacemaker wants
> it
> (http://clusterlabs.org/doc/en-US/Pacemaker/1.1/html/Pacemaker_Explained/s-node-name.html),
> then node names may be used too.

clvmd knows the dlm node name - but lvm command should reference things via 
tags. There will be probably no way to add '--node' option into lvm command.

Can you think about using 'tags'?

So your machines will have configured tags (be it machine name) and instead of 
the node - you would use 'tag' ?


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