Bug 1437410 - Document that you can't create raw/sparse disks on block storage
Summary: Document that you can't create raw/sparse disks on block storage
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager
Classification: Red Hat
Component: ovirt-engine
Version: 4.0.6
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ovirt-4.2.0
: ---
Assignee: Nobody
QA Contact: Yosi Ben Shimon
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-03-30 09:32 UTC by Paul Dwyer
Modified: 2021-09-09 12:15 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: rhv-4.2.0-8
Doc Type: If docs needed, set a value
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2018-05-15 17:41:09 UTC
oVirt Team: Storage
Target Upstream Version:

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Issue Tracker RHV-43444 0 None None None 2021-09-09 12:15:01 UTC
Red Hat Knowledge Base (Solution) 2987091 0 None None None 2017-03-30 09:39:32 UTC
Red Hat Product Errata RHEA-2018:1488 0 None None None 2018-05-15 17:42:35 UTC
oVirt gerrit 84259 0 master MERGED Document the fact that sparse/raw isn't supported on block 2020-12-03 13:41:12 UTC
oVirt gerrit 84490 0 model_4.2 MERGED Document the fact that sparse/raw isn't supported on block 2020-12-03 13:41:12 UTC
oVirt gerrit 84538 0 None MERGED restapi: Update to model 4.2.26 and model 1.2.15 2020-12-03 13:41:10 UTC

Description Paul Dwyer 2017-03-30 09:32:10 UTC
Description of problem:
When creating a raw disk via API  on block storage domain if you don't specify sparse it defaults to true which is not valid.
sparse attribute is not listed as mandatory attribute in apidoc

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Tested on RHEV3.6 and RHV4

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Sample curl

# curl \
> --cacert '/etc/pki/ovirt-engine/ca.pem' \
> --user 'admin@internal:<password>' \
> --request POST \
> --header 'Version: 4' \
> --header 'Content-Type: application/xml' \
> --header 'Accept: application/xml' \
> --data '
>   <disk>
>     <storage_domains>
>       <storage_domain id="4661b3b4-43be-42b9-855e-56ddd72bf564"/>
>     </storage_domains>
>     <name>testdisk</name>
>     <provisioned_size>1000</provisioned_size>
>     <format>raw</format>
>   </disk>
> ' \
> https://<engine>/ovirt-engine/api/disks

Actual results:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <detail>[Cannot add Virtual Disk. Disk configuration (RAW Sparse) is incompatible with the storage domain type.]</detail>
    <reason>Operation Failed</reason>

Expected results:
not default to sparse true and create disk

Additional info:
This can be worked around very easily by adding sparse = false in call to api, however as noted sparse is not a mandatory attribute.

Either a change in api behaviour is needed or change to apidoc to not that sparse is mandatory attribute in this scenario

Comment 1 Allon Mureinik 2017-03-30 11:25:03 UTC
This default comes from the DiskImage's consturctor. At the point it's constructed, we don't have enough info (i.e. - don't have the storage type available) to make any smarter decision. We could, of course, change the default regardless of the storage type, but that sounds like a bigger interference with the customers' working script.

Juan - can we get your two cents on this?

[Tentatively targeting to 4.1.3 to express our willingness to help the customer in case we find a reasonable solution, but in all fairness I'm inclined to close as WONTFIX based on the above]

Comment 2 Juan Hernández 2017-03-30 17:53:05 UTC
I'd say that if sparse=true doesn't make sense for that combination of disk format and storage domain type, we could just ignore it, instead of generating an error. If that is well documented in the specification of the API I don't see it as big problem.

If we finally decide to not fix this, for whatever the reason, we should anyhow document clearly in the API this limitation, including an example:

When creating a `raw` disk in a block storage domain (iSCSI or fibre
channel) it is mandatory to specify the also that the disk will not
be sparse:

 POST /ovirt-engine/api/disks

    <storage_domain id="456"/>

This should go in the two locations where disks can be created: the top level disks collection, and the VM disk attachments collection.

Also, in the description of the Disk.sparse attribute we should also add a note explaining that it is mandatory in this case, and that it must be 'false'.

Comment 3 RHV bug bot 2017-12-06 16:16:35 UTC
INFO: Bug status wasn't changed from MODIFIED to ON_QA due to the following reason:

[No relevant external trackers attached]

For more info please contact: rhv-devops@redhat.com

Comment 4 Yosi Ben Shimon 2017-12-14 11:46:37 UTC
Tested, and a note regarding sparse attribute has been added to the documentation:

Comment 8 errata-xmlrpc 2018-05-15 17:41:09 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


Comment 9 Franta Kust 2019-05-16 13:07:59 UTC
BZ<2>Jira Resync

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