Vinum Help Needed (was: Mail auth and FreeBSD/Sendmail)
johns at sstar.com
Tue Oct 5 20:54:37 PDT 2004
I apologize for the mistakes and omissions in my original posting. I've
included additional information in this message.
I'm running Vinum on a Free BSD 4.9 system with 3 hard drives. It's been
operational for about 5 years. The first drive is a small one and I boot from
it. The second and third drive are mirrored, using Vinum, and contain most of
the system's data (1 volume, 1 plex per drive, 1 subdisk per plex). The
operating system and Vinum are stock, no modifications. The Vinum config has
not been modified in years.
The system locked up on me this morning. When I rebooted there was a problem
with the Vinum mirrored drives. When I did a "list" from Vinum both subdisks
were "stale" and both plexes were "faulty".
After playing around a while, I didn't know what to do, so I stupidly tried
something which probably made things worse. I did a "start" on one of the
plexes. It took a few minutes and then came up along with the subdisk on it.
But I'm afraid that it seems to be empty.
When I boot now I get a "bad super block: magic number wrong" error, along
with "unexpected soft update inconsistency", "/dev/vinum/mirror: cannot figure
out file system partition".
Vinum now lists the drives as "up", the volume as "up", the plexes as "up" and
"faulty", the subdisks as "up" and "stale". I would love to post a copy of
the Vinum "list" but I don't know of any way to copy it from the console to
Unfortunately, the /var/log directory is on the Vinum drive. So I am unable
to access it.
Bottom line: I'm guessing that I blew away the first plex. Is there a way to
tell? Is there any way to get the second plex up and running, and to restore
the first plex from it?
John Souvestre - Southern Star - (504) 888-3348 - www.sstar.com
From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey [mailto:grog at FreeBSD.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 6:17 PM
To: John Souvestre
Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Vinum Help Needed (was: Mail auth and FreeBSD/Sendmail)
On Tuesday, 5 October 2004 at 7:47:24 -0500, John Souvestre wrote:
> In-Reply-To: <416291F4.5040005 at grokking.org>
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> I'm running Vinum on a 4.9 system with 3 drives. The first drive is
> a small one and I boot from it. The second and third drive are
> mirrored, using Vinum, and contain most of the system's data (1
> volume, 1 plex per drive, 1 subdisk per plex).
> The system locked up on me this morning. When I rebooted there was
> a problem with the Vinum mirrored drives. When I did a "list" from
> Vinum both subdisks were "stale" and both plexes were "faulty".
> I'm guessing that I blew away the first plex.
I can't guess what you did.
> Is there any way to get the second plex up and running, and to
> restore the first plex from it?
Please read http://www.vinumvm.org/vinum/how-to-debug.html, retrace
your steps and see if you can work out what you did wrong. If not,
please supply the information asked for there, and maybe somebody will
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