Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 605690
Update Blacklist Exception example for RHEL 6
Last modified: 2010-11-11 10:27:43 EST
Description of problem:
RHEL 6 feedback from IBM on the Installation Guide included a note about the DM-Multipath manual. From Rudi Landmann:
Tucked into the end of a large batch of IBM feedback on the Installation Guide was this one small nugget for your DM Multipath book (in square brackets at the end of the excerpt)
RHEL6 DM Multipath
4.2.4 Blacklist Exceptions
You can use the blacklist_exceptions section of the configuration file to enable
multipathing on devices that have been blacklisted by default. For example, by default,
devices with vendor = "IBM" and product = "S/390.*" are blacklisted since usually DASD
devices are used for local storage. If you do need to enable multipathing on these devices,
uncomment the following lines in the configuration file:
[[RHEL6 should have HyperPAV, so DASDs should probably never be used with DM-MP
and therefore this suggested blacklist exception is not a good example?!]]
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This completely slipped through the cracks for me -- sorry -- I should have asked about this long ago. Are you able to provide me with a better example for blacklist exceptions than this?
This bug refers to this example:
There are no default blacklisted devices that you can just swap out DASDs for.
Probably a better example of using blacklist exceptions would be to say something like:
For example, if you have a large number of devices and only want to multipath one of them (with the wwid of 3600d0230000000000e13955cc3757803), instead of individually blacklisting each of the devices except the one you want, you could instead blacklist all of them, and then only allow the one you want by adding the following lines to /etc/multipath.conf
Thanks Ben. As far as I know at this moment, this was the very last piece of RHEL 6 DM-Multipath information I was waiting for and after I make this update I'm good to go.
Barring other issues arising at this point, but unless they are major dangerous urgent things they will probably wait for the next revision of the document.
Thanks for your help.
I have updated the document with Ben's new example so I am moving this bug to MODIFIED.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 is now available and should resolve
the problem described in this bug report. This report is therefore being closed
with a resolution of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the
solution does not work for you.