[Drbd-dev] [PATCH 00/10] Zero out devices instead of initial full sync

Lars Ellenberg lars.ellenberg at linbit.com
Wed Jun 10 13:44:02 CEST 2015

resent, accidentally truncated the Cc list.
also added one paragraph.

On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 03:48:19PM +0800, Nick Wang wrote:
> Full sync for drbd initial usually take a long time, especically
> when network become the bottleneck the syncing. Simply skip the
> full sync with "--clear-bitmap" may not the perfect solution
> for all the cases. So this patches can be used to zero out 
> devices locally instead of a full sync,two make consistent block 
> device. This approach can be useful when lack of network bandwidth 
> to sync.
> The patches add one new option "--zap-devices" to "new-current-uuid" 
> to zero out devices. Besides the change of drbd, also need to modify 
> drbd-utils for the flag.
> All patches are compiled/tested against SLES12.

Completely unnecessary.
Zero out the devices in userspace, then set up DRBD,
and skip the initial sync.

On backends that support it,
you can already simply blkdiscard /dev/drbdX
(or use the implicit discard of some mkfs)
once you set it up for the first time,
even when the initial resync just began,
and that discard will finish the "initial resync",
without taking up any real network bandwidth.

In short: I don't see the point.

	Lars Ellenberg

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