Re: modifying degraded raid 1 then re-adding other members is bad

From: Michael Tokarev
Date: Tue Aug 08 2006 - 07:16:54 EST

Neil Brown wrote:
> On Tuesday August 8, aoliva@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Assume I have a fully-functional raid 1 between two disks, one
>> hot-pluggable and the other fixed.
>> If I unplug the hot-pluggable disk and reboot, the array will come up
>> degraded, as intended.
>> If I then modify a lot of the data in the raid device (say it's my
>> root fs and I'm running daily Fedora development updates :-), which
>> modifies only the fixed disk, and then plug the hot-pluggable disk in
>> and re-add its members, it appears that it comes up without resyncing
>> and, well, major filesystem corruption ensues.
>> Is this a known issue, or should I try to gather more info about it?
> Looks a lot like
> Attached are two patches. One against -mm and one against -linus.
> They are below.
> Please confirm if the appropriate one help.
> NeilBrown
> (-mm)
> Avoid backward event updates in md superblock when degraded.
> If we
> - shut down a clean array,
> - restart with one (or more) drive(s) missing
> - make some changes
> - pause, so that they array gets marked 'clean',
> the event count on the superblock of included drives
> will be the same as that of the removed drives.
> So adding the removed drive back in will cause it
> to be included with no resync.
> To avoid this, we only update the eventcount backwards when the array
> is not degraded. In this case there can (should) be no non-connected
> drives that we can get confused with, and this is the particular case
> where updating-backwards is valuable.

Why we're updating it BACKWARD in the first place?

Also, why, when we adding something to the array, the event counter is
checked -- should it resync regardless?


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