Bug 137595 - iostat information for SAN luns is wrong
iostat information for SAN luns is wrong
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: sysstat (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Charlie Bennett
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2004-10-29 14:47 EDT by Dag Wieers
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Description Dag Wieers 2004-10-29 14:47:35 EDT
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Description of problem:
When comparing the information gathered from /proc/stat and from
/proc/partitions (using iostat) there is a large difference. I've
written a tool that gets this information from both /proc/stat and
/proc/partitions (the way iostat does it) and the information from
/proc/stat conforms with the vmstat info _and_ with what we see on the
SAN switch.

So the iostat info is plainly wrong.

The setup is a Linux node connected to a SAN with 2 QLogic 2312 adapters.

I can guide you how to verify this information using dstat with both
/proc/stat and /proc/partitions. (Because the /proc/stat functionality
has currently been commented out in subversion). This is what it looks
like when both are enabled:

[root@node01 san]# /root/dstat -d -D sdb,hires 8
--------disk-i/o------- --------disk-i/o-------
____sdb____ ___hires___|____sdb____ ___hires___
   0B    0B:   0B    0B|   0B    0B:   0B    0B
   0B   15M:   0B  156M|   0B   32M:   0B  325M
   0B   17M:   0B  171M|   0B   29M:   0B  300M
   0B   17M:   0B  173M|   0B   28M:   0B  283M
   0B   16M:   0B  162M|   0B   28M:   0B  283M
   0B   18M:   0B  176M|   0B   28M:   0B  283M
   0B   17M:   0B  170M|   0B   29M:   0B  293M
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The left is /proc/stat, the right is /proc/partitions (iostat formula,
iostat gives exactly the same info) The hires information is actually
the sum for 10 luns that belong to the same filesystem (striped over
the 10 luns).

The code for dstat is open, so you can experiment with it and verify
for yourself.

I consider this bug critical since this means the iostat data cannot
be trusted and when monitoring more 29 luns, /proc/stat is useless.

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Comment 1 Dag Wieers 2004-10-29 15:57:40 EDT
Let me add that this is Red Hat Advanced Server 3 U3 with kernel
Comment 2 Charlie Bennett 2004-10-29 15:58:37 EDT
Hi -

Do you have access the RHEL3 update 4 beta?  There's a new version
of the sysstat package (5.0.5) that uses /proc/partitions.

Otherwise, check out: 

Comment 3 Dag Wieers 2004-10-29 16:17:34 EDT
I only found sysstat-5.0.5-1 and it indeed fixed the problem. Now I
have to look what has changed and fix dstat too.

Thanks for the hint.

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