[Drbd-dev] Re: drbd in linux-ha cvs

Philipp Reisner philipp.reisner at linbit.com
Tue Sep 7 09:57:57 CEST 2004

On Monday 06 September 2004 16:52, you wrote:
> waere es sinnvoll sowas zu haben:
> drbdadm dump_meta_data r0 (oder info oder wie immer wir das nennen wollen)
> output would be bash sourceable:
> LOCAL_STATE={Primary,Secondary}
> CSTATE=...
> name space clashes können so gelöst werden:
> eval `drbdadm info r0 | sed 's/^/DRBD_/'`
> müsste einmal vernünftig überlegt werden, welche informationen wir
> exportieren wollen, und wie die variablen genannt werden.
> wie drbdadm an die info rankommt ist seine sache.
> deal?

Of course I am open to this idea.

 1) We move the read_gc.pl/write_gc.pl to the user directory. 
 2) Make them to one C program: drbdmeta
    -> in the future the module never creates the meta data
       block. One can use drbdmeta to create, read and 
       modify the drbdmeta block. drbdmeta refuses to write
       to it as long as the module is loaded (configured).
 3) drbdadm is the nice frontend to drbdmeta is it is to

Currently we have these drbdadm commands that are not displayed
at the usage output:

  { "sh-resources",      sh_resources,0                  ,0,0 },
  { "sh-mod-parms",      sh_mod_parms,0                  ,0,0 },
  { "sh-dev",            sh_dev,      0                  ,0,1 },
  { "sh-ll-dev",         sh_ll_dev,   0                  ,0,1 },
  { "sh-md-dev",         sh_md_dev,   0                  ,0,1 },
  { "sh-md-idx",         sh_md_idx,   0                  ,0,1 }

... and we have state and cstate:

  { "state",             adm_generic_s,"state"           ,1,1 },
  { "cstate",            adm_generic_s,"cstate"          ,1,1 },

with the current interface you would do:

CSTATE=$(drbdadm cstate r0)
LOCAL_STATE=$( $DRBDADM state $RES 2> /dev/null )
LOCAL_STORAGE= $(drbdadm sh-ll-dev r0)

With the current interface we have a lot of calls to drbdadm, so lets
have a look at the performance:

root at bloody:~/drbd07/user# time drbdadm sh-ll-dev r0

real    0m0.170s
user    0m0.059s
sys     0m0.111s

... Quite slow!

So I disabled "verify_ips()". [ should probabely be really disabled. ]

root at bloody:~/drbd07/user# time ./drbdadm sh-ll-dev r0

real    0m0.006s
user    0m0.001s
sys     0m0.005s

... now a call to drbdadm is as cheap as expected.

So with continuing the current way of doing things, I would 
extend the interface in this way:

drbdadm md-set-gc 1:2:3:4:5:6 r0
drbdadm md-get-gc 1:2:3:4:5:6 r0
drbdadm md-get/set-{la-size|consistent|etc...} resources....
drbdadm md-create r0

I rather prefer the current way, since it is also language
agnostic. In perl: $local_storage = `drbdadm sh-ll-dev r0`;
While the proposed interface is tied to bash.

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