Re: Anybody know about nforce4 SATA II hot swapping + linux raid?

From: Andrew Walrond
Date: Sat Oct 08 2005 - 09:56:22 EST

On Saturday 08 October 2005 15:26, Molle Bestefich wrote:
> IDE hotswap has never worked (OOTB at least) in Linux, and based on my
> experience it never will. Seems the IDE folks doesn't care a bit
> about it. (No offence meant. Just keeping it real.)

Fair enough. What about SCSI? Do any of the in-kernel scsi drivers support
hotswap? And if so, how well does it cooperate with linux raid?

> Tejun Heo wrote:
> > If you're looking for stability/resilience for production machine,
> > IMHO libata isn't still quite ready.
> I disagree...
> I've used it for TBs of data without any problems.

Likewise. I've been using exclusively SATA with linux raid for quite a while
now, with great success. But for the super resilient zero downtime servers I
now need to deploy, I must be able to swap dead drives without taking the
server down. Hence my query.

Off-list respondants have recommended 3ware hardware raid products, but
throughput concerns on another thread here have really put me off that idea.
So unless linux SCSI provides a useful solution, I'll stick with what seems
the only reliable solution out there; hardware scsi raid ( = small expensive
drives ).

The lack of hot swapping does seem to be a serious weakness in linux, at least
for resilient server applications. It would really complete the linux raid
picture, and make it quite compelling.

But I'm in no position to do it myself; I can only hope this thread inspires
some capable person to plug the gap :)

Thanks to all who responded.

Andrew Walrond
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