[Drbd-dev] [GIT PULL] DRBD for 2.6.32

Lars Marowsky-Bree lmb at suse.de
Sun Sep 20 00:02:32 CEST 2009

On 2009-09-19T14:14:30, FUJITA Tomonori <fujita.tomonori at lab.ntt.co.jp> wrote:

> I guess that Christoph is worry about adding another user interface
> for kinda device management; once we merge this, we can't fix it (for
> the raid unification).

Why can't it be fixed?


a) there's going to be a transition period during which the "old"
interface is supported but depreciated and scheduled to be removed (all
driving the new unified same back-end),

or b) there's going to be a new kernel which requires new user-space
tools sharp.

In either case, dm/md are affected by this, so a third interface doesn't
really make much difference. The refactoring needs to happen in the
back-end anyway, and that actually becomes easier when all concurrent
implementations are present and can be reworked at the same time.

> BTW, DM already has something like drbd? I thought that there is a
> talk about that new target at LinuxCon.

dm-replicator is nowhere near as usable as DRBD, and not upstream yet
either. (Further, it's another independent implementation, pursued
instead of unifying any of the existing ones or helping to merge drbd -
don't get me started on my thoughts of that.)


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