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SubjectRe: RAID superblock confusion
On Sat, Apr 13, 2002 at 01:29:05PM -0600, Richard Gooch wrote:
> Luigi Genoni writes:
> >
> > > > >
> > > > > Ehh, I ran into this a while ago. When you compile raid as modules
> > > > > it doesn't use the raid superblocks for anything except for
> > > > > verification. I took a quick glance at the source and the
> > > > > auto-detect code is ifdefed out if you compiled as a module.
> > > >
> > > > Exactly where is this? A scan with find and grep don't reveal this.
> > > >
> > >
> > > drivers/md/md.c
> > >
> > > in the ifndef MODULE sectioin.
> > >
> > > > > Ever since I have had raid compiled into my kernels.
> > > >
> > > > This is my relevant .config:
> > > > CONFIG_MD=y
> > > > CONFIG_BLK_DEV_MD=y
> > > > CONFIG_MD_LINEAR=m
> > > > CONFIG_MD_RAID0=m
> > > > CONFIG_MD_RAID1=m
> > > > CONFIG_MD_RAID5=m
> > > > CONFIG_MD_MULTIPATH=m
> > > >
> > >
> > > Set this to =y and you're set.
> > >
> > > I'd like to see this working from modules though.
> >
> > NO, please. There are hundreds of scenarios where that could be
> > dangerous. Suppose you load the RAID module when all partitions are
> > mounted, and two partiton in mirror are mount on different mount
> > point (you can do this, raid module is not loaded, and so...). And
> > now you load the module and md device is registered. That would not
> > be really nice, also if it is ulikely that you could damnage your
> > system
>
> The RAID code checks to see if there are busy inodes for each device
> in a RAID set. So your hundreds of scenarios are not a problem.
>

I had a machine that had raid1 setup correctly but was accidentally
configured to root=/dev/hda1 (one member of the md0 raid1 set).

All was well until I noticed I wasn't rooting from md0, so reboot with new
root=/dev/md0 and now my filesystem is b0rked (maybe because hdc1 was the
primary mirror?).

Luckily I was still setting up that machine so I just reinstalled it.

This was with raid compiled into the kernel, so it's not a module checking
issue, and I consider it a user error. But maybe someone else thinks
different...

Just reporting in case someone is intereted...

Mike
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