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Retaining software RAID devices during automated installation with autoyast
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Anton Altaparmakov
2013-06-20 21:39:54 UTC
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Hi Uwe,

Doing automated installation of server with / on ext3 on software RAID 1 mirror of /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2 and /home on xfs on software RAID 10 of /dev/sda3, /dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3, /dev/sdd3.

I want to preserve /home when doing an automated reinstall of the machine. I can keep the existing partitions fine and they get assigned to MD devices correctly.

However whilst the partitions are being kept fine, I see the messages "deleting MD device" (or some such wording), followed by "creating MD device" (or similar wording) and indeed it then fails to mount /home as the xfs file system is not there any more. )-:

If I set <create config:type="boolean">false</create> for the partitions on the /dev/md device in the autoyast file then the md devices are still destroyed but then not created again so the install fails immediately as there is nowhere to install. )-:

Is this a bug or a feature?

Is there any way I can get autoyast to preserve the existing md devices?

If you want to see my autoyast partitioning section, this is it:

<partitioning config:type="list">
<drive>
<device>/dev/sda</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md0</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdb</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md0</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdc</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md1</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdd</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md1</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/md</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">ext3</filesystem>
<format config:type="boolean">true</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>/</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">0</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>4</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">swap</filesystem>
<format config:type="boolean">true</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>swap</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>4</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">xfs</filesystem>
<fstopt>relatime,barrier,largeio,logbufs=8,logbsize=256k,swalloc</fstopt>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>/home</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>64</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>all</use>
</drive>
</partitioning>

Btw. the disks are gpt as they are 3TiB disks...

PS. I am installing SLES 11 SP2 x86_64 if that matters.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Best regards,

Anton
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Thomas Fehr
2013-06-20 22:02:53 UTC
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Post by Anton Altaparmakov
Doing automated installation of server with / on ext3 on software RAID 1 mirror of /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2 and /home on xfs on software RAID 10 of /dev/sda3, /dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3, /dev/sdd3.
I want to preserve /home when doing an automated reinstall of the machine. I can keep the existing partitions fine and they get assigned to MD devices correctly.
Is this a bug or a feature?
Is there any way I can get autoyast to preserve the existing md devices?
From a first glance, this looks like a bug to me.
I probably can try to reproduce this here next week and will
be able to tell more afterwards.

If you could provide log files (complete content of /var/log/YaST2) of
one or both of the failed installations this could be helpful.

Bye,
Thomas Fehr
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Thomas Fehr
2013-06-25 11:47:45 UTC
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Post by Anton Altaparmakov
Hi Uwe,
Doing automated installation of server with / on ext3 on software RAID 1 mirror of /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2 and /home on xfs on software RAID 10 of /dev/sda3, /dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3, /dev/sdd3.
I want to preserve /home when doing an automated reinstall of the machine. I can keep the existing partitions fine and they get assigned to MD devices correctly.
Is this a bug or a feature?
Is there any way I can get autoyast to preserve the existing md devices?
I now found time to fiddle around with this and has a closer look at
autoyast code handling MD setup. Setup was mostly fine, except <use>
in /dev/md part.
Post by Anton Altaparmakov
<partitioning config:type="list">
<drive>
<device>/dev/sda</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md0</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdb</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md0</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdc</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md1</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/sdd</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<disklabel>gpt</disklabel>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md1</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<partition_id config:type="integer">253</partition_id>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">3</partition_nr>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<partition_type>primary</partition_type>
<raid_name>/dev/md2</raid_name>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>1,2,3</use>
</drive>
<drive>
<device>/dev/md</device>
<initialize>false</initialize>
<partitions config:type="list">
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">ext3</filesystem>
<format config:type="boolean">true</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>/</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">0</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>4</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">swap</filesystem>
<format config:type="boolean">true</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>swap</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>4</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid1</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
<partition>
<create config:type="boolean">false</create>
<filesystem config:type="symbol">xfs</filesystem>
<fstopt>relatime,barrier,largeio,logbufs=8,logbsize=256k,swalloc</fstopt>
<format config:type="boolean">false</format>
<resize config:type="boolean">false</resize>
<mount>/home</mount>
<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
<partition_nr config:type="integer">2</partition_nr>
<raid_options>
<chunk_size>64</chunk_size>
<raid_type>raid10</raid_type>
</raid_options>
</partition>
</partitions>
<use>all</use>
Here you just need to have "<use>free</use>"

Otherwise the code handles existing raids like existing partitions
on a disk and prefers removal of exsiting raids over reusing them.

So your setup is fine (except for <use> in /dev/md):

- set "initialize" to false for every disk
- set "create","format" to false for every partition belonging to a raid
- set "initialize" to false for /dev/md
- set "create" to false for every raid device in /dev/md to reuse
- set "format" for /dev/md as prefered (e.g. false for /home, true for /)
- set "<use>free</use>" for /dev/md entry in disks
Post by Anton Altaparmakov
Btw. the disks are gpt as they are 3TiB disks...
In tried with msdos while reproducing, but that should not matter...
Post by Anton Altaparmakov
PS. I am installing SLES 11 SP2 x86_64 if that matters.
I tried also with SLES 11 SP2...
Post by Anton Altaparmakov
Thanks a lot in advance!
You are welcome...

Bye,
Thomas Fehr
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