[DRBD-user] external meta data in a file - possible?

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Mon Mar 3 13:27:09 CET 2008

Note: "permalinks" may not be as permanent as we would like,
direct links of old sources may well be a few messages off.

Is it possible to place external meta data in a file?

Documentation states that meta-disk has to be either internal, or should 
point to a block-device (if external).

However, with more DRBD devices, creating a new block device for each 
resource is a bit of an administrative burden, and sometimes, is not 
possible at all.

Also, Linux software RAID can keep its bitmap either internally, or in a 

My little experimentation a while ago showed that DRBD won't work with 
files as meta data - but maybe something changed lately (or it's a 
planned feature)?

Tomasz Chmielewski

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