[Drbd-dev] Re: [Linux-ha-dev] [RFC] (CRM and) DRBD (0.8) states and transistions, recovery strategies

Andrew Beekhof lists at beekhof.net
Sun Sep 26 20:40:36 CEST 2004

On Sep 24, 2004, at 11:11 PM, Lars Marowsky-Bree wrote:

> On 2004-09-24T16:29:25,
>    Lars Ellenberg <Lars.Ellenberg at linbit.com> said:
>> some of this applies to replicated resources in general,
>> so Andrew may have some ideas to generalize it...
> I think the modelling we have so far (with the recent addendum) 
> captures
> this quite nicely for the time being. But of course, it'll help us to
> verify this.

right.  i also be thinking more about this in the coming days when I 
start on the incarnations.

>>     Some of the attributes depend on others, and the information 
>> about the
>>     node status could be easily encoded in one single letter.
>>     But since HA is all about redundancy, we will encode the node 
>> status
>>     redundantly in *four* letters, to make it more obvious to human 
>> readers.
>>      _        down,
>>      S        up, standby (non-active, but ready to become active)
>>      s        up, not-active, but target of sync
>>      i        up, not-active, unconnected, inconsistent
>>      o        up, not-active, unconnected, outdated
>>      d        up, not-active, diskless
>>      A        up, active
>>      a        up, active, but target of sync
>>      b        up, blocking, because unconnected active and 
>> inconsistent
>>                             (no valid data available)
>>      B        up, blocking, because unconnected active and diskless
>>                             (no valid data available)
>>      D        up, active, but diskless (implies connection to good 
>> data)
>>       M       meta-data storage available
>>       _       meta-data storage unavailable
>>        *      backing storage available
>>        o      backing storage consistent but outdated
>>               (refuses to become active)
>>        i      backing storage inconsistent (unfinished sync)
>>        _      diskless
>>         :     unconnected, stand alone
>>         ?     unconnected, looking for peer
>>         -     connected
>>>     connected, sync source
>>         <     connected, sync target
> I'd structure this somewhat differently into the node states (Up, 
> Down),
> our assumption about the other node (up, down, fenced), Backing Store
> states (available, outdated, inconsistent, unavailable), the connection
> (up or down) and the relationship between the GCs (higher, lower,
> equal).
> (Whether we are syncing and in what direction seems to be a function of
> that, same whether or not we are blocking or not.)
> It's essentially the same as your list, but it seems to be more
> accessible to me. But, it's late ;-)

I agree here... restricting the attributes to true inputs (rather than 
derived values) helps stop my brain going into meltdown trying to 
absorb the matrix :)  I could also imagine that it makes your life 
easier if you decide to change how you decide something like syncing 
direction later on.

Andrew Beekhof

"Ooo Ahhh, Glenn McRath" - TISM

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