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

From: Andrew Walrond
Date: Sat Oct 08 2005 - 11:03:58 EST

Hi Gordon,

On Saturday 08 October 2005 16:23, Gordon Henderson wrote:
> On Sat, 8 Oct 2005, Andrew Walrond wrote:
> > On Saturday 08 October 2005 15:26, Molle Bestefich wrote:
> > > IDE hotswap has never worked (OOTB at least) in Linux, and based on my
> Ideally you want hardware that will power the drive down nicely before you
> take it out (and power it up nicely after you plug it back in again) to
> avoid any glitches on the SCSI bus, etc...

Sounds hairy! Are you aware of any linux scsi drivers which support this
powering up/down, via /proc or some userspace tools perhaps?

> One thing to watch out for - if you reboot after taking the drive out the
> scsi drive letters will be logically renumbered, so if you take out sda,
> then reboot, what was sdb will now become sda, and so on, so if you then
> subsequently hot plug a drive in, it will still have the same scsi host,
> channel, id, lun numbers, but it'll be the last device in the array (eg.
> it will be sdf if it was a 6-disk array) Reboot again and the original
> numbering/lettering would be restored.
> Good job the RAID code doesn't really care about this...

Indeed. Linux raid is very fine. If we can just fixup this hotplug weakness,
it would be peerless.

> Good luck!

Thanks, and good to hear from you ;)

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