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Description of problem:
When a box is attached to IBM Shark Storage, to take advantage of the
multipathing, we must install IBM's SDD driver. this makes the
multipath devices show up as a /dev/vpath device. I can perform all
disk related tools on that device, fdisk, mkfs, etc. I can use them
in a software raid array. However, I cannot use them with LVM. LVM
complains that it is not a valid scsi device.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install SDD on ES3 with a box connected to shark.
2.Configure the SDD vpath devices
3.attempt to run pvcreate -f /dev/vpath...
Created attachment 99047 [details]
Add vpath support to lvm tools
This patch should enable vpath support in the lvm tools.
Also, test packages are available here:
Could you please test them and see if this enables the lvm tools to
operate on the vpath device?
So far so good. I was able to create a volume group and logical
volumes without any problems whatsoever. I've got a few other things
to test, but I'll keep you in the loop.
Thanks for your help!
Created attachment 110296 [details]
IBM SDD support: /dev/vpath and multiple path
pvcreate is ok since 1.0.8-9
multiple path problem in all versions up to and including 1.0.8-9:
after reboot or vgscan, the underlying /dev/sdX is used instead of
/dev/vpath, thus loosing failover and load balancing
steps to reproduce:
- pvcreate /dev/vpatha
- vgcreate myvg /dev/vpatha
- vgdisplay -v myvg
so far, so good (you see /dev/vpatha as PV Name in the Physical Volumes
- vgchange -a n myvg
- vgchange -a y myvg
- vgdisplay -v myvg
you'll see /dev/sdX in the PV Name field in the Physical Volumes
I've got a patch that might be used as a starting point. It works for
us. I've attached is to this case as attachment #110296 [details]
Patch incorparated and extended to cover EMC Powerpath too.
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.
I seem to still have a problem with pvcreate after patching...:
[root@pni-dvnbu04 dev]# rpm -qi lvm
Name : lvm Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : 1.0.8 Vendor: Red Hat, Inc.
Release : 12.2 Build Date: Fri 18 Feb 2005
07:43:33 AM MST
Install Date: Mon 13 Jun 2005 10:00:08 AM MST Build Host:
Group : System Environment/Base Source RPM: lvm-1.0.8-12.2.src.rpm
Size : 1241387 License: GPL
Signature : DSA/SHA1, Wed 11 May 2005 05:46:08 PM MST, Key ID 219180cddb42a60e
Packager : Red Hat, Inc. <http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla>
URL : http://www.sistina.com/products_lvm.htm
Summary : Linux Logical Volume Manager utilities.
LVM includes all of the support for handling read/write operations on
physical volumes (hard disks, RAID-Systems, magneto optical, etc.,
multiple devices (MD), see mdadd(8) or even loop devices, see
losetup(8)), creating volume groups (kind of virtual disks) from one
or more physical volumes and creating one or more logical volumes
(kind of logical partitions) in volume groups.
[root@pni-dvnbu04 dev]# pvcreate /dev/emcpowera
pvcreate -- invalid physical volume "/dev/emcpowera"
Am I doing something wrong?