[ovirt-devel] multipath configuration

Federico Simoncelli fsimonce at redhat.com
Fri Jun 27 12:03:56 UTC 2014

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dan Kenigsberg" <danken at redhat.com>
> To: "Yeela Kaplan" <ykaplan at redhat.com>
> Cc: devel at ovirt.org, "Federico Simoncelli" <fsimonce at redhat.com>, "Allon Mureinik" <amureini at redhat.com>
> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:56:32 PM
> Subject: Re: multipath configuration
> On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 09:58:52AM -0400, Yeela Kaplan wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Currently multipath.conf is being rotated each time we reconfigure it.
> > 
> > We'd like to change the behaviour for multipath.conf so that current
> > configuration will be commented out
> > and we'd stop rotating (in the same manner as libvirt conf works today).
> > 
> > Does anybody have any comment for/ against?
> I'd like to present the problem in a slightly different light.
> It is highly uncommon for a service to mangle the configuration files
> of another service. Administrator do not expect they complain (e.g. Bug
> 1076531 - vdsm overwrites multipath.conf at every startup)
> We used to have this problem with libvirtd.conf, but it has been
> aleviated by moving the configuration to vdsm-tool, which should do its
> thing when asked by the local admin, or once during automatic host
> installation.
> We should do this with multipath.conf, too. And we should deprecate the
> RHEV trademark that is stuck there while at it.


> The only question is how. Should we place the old configuration in a
> rotated file (a-la .rpmsave) or should we place them in the same file,
> completely commented out.

That is an all-or-nothing approach. VDSM probably relies only on few
config entries. One thing is for sure, VDSM should be able to detect if
the relevant multipath configs are not properly set and refuse to start.
For the discovery of these values (read) we could use augeas.

If the sysadmin already uses the correct parameters we may not even
touch the file at all.

> Another question is how we should write the configuration file: should
> we do it as simple text, or should we take a smarter augeas-based
> approach.
> In my opinion, as long as we want to dump our own conf file, there is
> not motivation for augeas. If, on the other hand, we would like to
> replace only a section of the file, it should come into play.
> Is this what you have in mind for multipath.conf, Federico? Could you
> elaborate?

My approach would be:

1. vdsm (or its service file) should discover if multipath.conf is
   configured properly and eventually refuse to start

2. vdsm-tool being able to configure multipath.conf (only the required
   entries), this would be very much similar to what we do with libvirt.
   If we want to use augeas it is just an implementation detail.

3. vdsm-tool being able to install/replace entire multipath.conf in
   case it wasn't already configured (or in case you want to force the
   default strict configuration, e.g. during initial automated

It is always polite to backup the previous config in .rpmsave.

Point 1 implicitly allows the sysadmin to change multipath.conf, which
could be harder to support (he could use conflicting entries) but anyway
it gives the flexibility to customize multipath.conf if needed (which
is something that we already have).

Point 1 and 2 seem just "read" and "write" of the same parameters,
which could be cleanly done with augeas (if the support is good).

We could begin with points 1 and 3 (easier to tackle) and re-evaluate
2 later.
Anyway we have an hard requirement for point 2 during upgrades when we
need to configure a new key/section or edit an old one.


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