Gmirror question - what am I doing wrong?
karl at denninger.net
Thu Jan 27 06:08:58 PST 2005
On Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 10:19:05AM +0100, Pawel Jakub Dawidek wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:05:29AM -0600, Karl Denninger wrote:
> +> Now here's the problem.
> +> Let's say that I have the system sync'd with the larger and smaller block
> +> count disks online. The SMALLER one fails. I replace it, but the other
> +> larger disk is not available, because its in the vault. I thus replace the
> +> disk with the SMALLER one, but I can't attach the slice on the replacement
> +> disk, because that disk has a smaller capacity than the only remaining
> +> active mirror component, and I can't make a slice bigger than the number
> +> of actual blocks that exist on the drive!
> +> I'm screwed, and have no way out of this other than to ditch the entire
> +> scheme, manually recreate the smaller volume, copy all the data over, and
> +> restart gmirror from scratch.
> I need exact commands you use to perform this.
> I did small simulation of your problem (if I understand it right):
> I created three md(4) devices:
> md0 - 12MB
> md1 - 10MB
> md2 - 10MB
> Now, I create a mirror from two of them:
> # gmirror label foo /dev/md
> My mirror size is 10MB-512B.
> Now I remove smaller component:
> # gmirror remove foo md1
> And insert the second smaller component:
> # gmirror insert foo md2
> Everything works for me.
> Some more notes: When you create a mirror, gmirror takes the smallest
> component's size as a size of the whole mirror, so you should be able
> to insert new components which are bigger than or equal to the smallest
> one (used for mirror creation).
Ok, I'll go through it again with the real disks and see what I get.
I attempted this and it failed, but I may have inadvertently destroyed the
metadata somewhere along the line.
Let me see if I can recreate it again, and get the exact command sequence.
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