fdisk, device mapper and asmlib
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:34:36 +0100
again a 2 node RAC 188.8.131.52.1 setup on RHEL 5.7 asmlib oracleasm-2.6.18-274.17.1.el5-2.0.5-1.el5
(kernel in use oracleasm-2.6.18-274.17.1.el5)
Linux native multipath - device mapper
asm scan order: "mpath_string dm"
asm exclude: "sd"
We're facing the following issue:
- Delete an existing Linux partition from a LUN on external storage
(SAN) using fdisk
(the partition was previously marked as an asm disk with
/usr/sbin/oracleasm createdisk ... and later that label was removed with /usr/sbin/oracleasm deletedisk ...).
- A new partition was added with fdisk (using a non-default offset for the first sector).
- The new partition was marked as an asm disk with /usr/sbin/oracleasm createdisk again.
- /usr/sbin/oracleasm lisdisks on the first node displays the expected result (the output includes the newly created asm disk).
- /usr/sbin/oracleasm scandisks was issued on the second node, followed by /usr/sbin/oracleasm listdisks. The new asm disk was missing!
We tried the following workaround:
we stopped all Oracle processes and we tried to unload and reload the asmlib driver:
/etc/init.d/oracleasm restart (we tried stop and start too)
The new asm disk was still missing.
We also tried:
The init just doesn't seem to work after exit ... I believe the second command sequence is not even documented, so for now you can just ignore it :)
Rebooting the node seems to fix the issue (everything works as expected).
The case is 100% reproducible (we tried several times :)).
I'll open an SR on Monday, but ..., a part from the "do not use asmlib"
am I missing something obvious?