[DRBD-user] DRBH/HeartBeat and CROND
alex at crackpot.org
Thu Aug 23 05:09:31 CEST 2007
Rui Meireles wrote:
> Hi there.
> I've sucessfully installed DRBD and HeartBeat in 2 servers using a
> Primary/Secondary configuration.
> I'm using Heartbeat to start/stop some services, as NFS, HTTPD, MYSQLD ...
> I use several perl scripts that I created, and they are called at certain
> times of the day by the crontab of 2 users: "root" and "user1".
> I'm tempted to use HeartBeat to start/stop service CROND, so only the
> PRIMARY runs the scripts. However, I'm afraid that stopping the CROND in the
> SECONDARY will stop some important services, such as rotating log files. Is
> this safe?
> Is there any way for me to start/stop ONLY the "root crontab" and the "user1
> crontab" with heartbeat?
> Thanks a lot
I think you don't want to stop cron, because even when the box is
secondary you need to do things like rotating log files, etc.
Some people I work with came up with this solution:
Create a directory structure like this : /etc/ha.d/crontab/<user>.
Each <user> directory has a file 'primary' and a file 'secondary'.
These are crontab files to be run when the local machine is in either state.
They wrote a heartbeat resource script that looks at every directory in
* If the node is becoming primary, it runs :
crontab -u <user> /etc/ha.d/crontab/<user>/primary
* If the node is becoming secondary, it runs :
crontab -u <user> /etc/ha.d/crontab/<user>/secondary
Adding a new user to this setup is just a matter of creating a new
directory in /etc/ha.d/crontab.
We use svn to keep the 2 nodes in sync. Whenever we need to change the
cron jobs, edit the correct file, svn commit, and svn update on the
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