DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2009-08
VINUM should be operational w/ DEVFS now
The vinum softraid driver should now be operational with devfs
in the master repo. vinum should now be able to handle full 64 bit
geometries (multi-terrabyte disk subsystems).
In addition, vinum configurations may reference devices by serial
number or devtab label. for example:
drive drive0 device raid0.s1d
drive drive1 device raid1.s1d
drive drive2 device raid2.s1d
drive drive3 device raid3.s1d
plex org raid5 128k
sd drive drive0 length 50g
sd drive drive1 length 50g
sd drive drive2 length 50g
sd drive drive3 length 50g
And in /etc/devtab:
raid0 serno WD-WCAVY0248702
raid1 serno WD-WCAVY0250739
raid2 serno WD-WCAVY0245831
raid3 serno WD-WCAVY0246122
The vinum configuration stored on-media stores translated values,
so on-media the devices will be stored by serial number. e.g.
vinum roots may or may not still be broken, only because we do not
have a getsynthvnode() function which can find a drive by its serial
Generally speaking, anyone using vinum will want to reference devices
by serial number now to avoid renumbering problems.
TASKS STILL TO DO (any takers?):
* Add a feature to getsynthvnode() to locate a drive by its serial
* Add general disk_create() support for vinum volumes. vinum
historically insisted on being the partition manager for filesystems,
but that isn't always convenient.
* RAID-5 issues. vinum isn't smart about RAID-5. Have you every
tried to rebuild parity on a 10TB vinum drive? We may need a
SOC project to fix this... that is, sub-divide the space into
smaller chunks and keep track of activity in the chunks so a rebuild
does not have to rebuild the entire freaking topology.