iSCSI disconnects dilema
olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Tue Jan 9 16:16:55 UTC 2007
Danny Braniss wrote:
> While I think I have almost solved the problem of network disconnects,
> It downed on me a major problem:
> When a 'local' disk crashes, the kernel will probably hang/panic/crash.
> if i don't try to recover, then there is no change in the above scenario.
> if i try to recover, then the client does not know that it should
> While all this seems familiar, removing a floppy/disk-on-key while it's
> mounted, we could always say "you shouldn't have done that!", with
> a network connection, it can happen very often - rebooting the target, a
> network hickup, etc.
The IEEE1394 code (firewire) contains a hack so you can
remove a _mounted_ drive (yes, pull the plug!) and later
reconnect it and continue to use the filesystem. I think
processes that try to access the file system during the
drive being unavailable are blocked ("D" state a.k.a.
"diskwait"). The purpose of that feature is that you can
change the topology (e.g. remove a device that's not at
the end of the bus) without having to unmount all other
Well, it's just a hack, and I don't know if something
similar is applicable to the iSCSI situation. But I
thought it wouldn't hurt to mention it anyhow.
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