[lustre-devel] [PATCH 41/80] staging: lustre: lmv: separate master object with master stripe

Oleg Drokin oleg.drokin at intel.com
Sun Feb 11 16:52:26 PST 2018

> On Feb 11, 2018, at 6:44 PM, NeilBrown <neilb at suse.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 08 2018, Oleg Drokin wrote:
>> Certain things that sound useless (like the debug subsystem in Lustre)
>> is very useful when you have a 10k nodes in a cluster and need to selectively
>> pull stuff from a run to debug a complicated cross-node interaction.
>> I asked NFS people how do they do it and they don’t have anything that scales
>> and usually involves reducing the problem to a much smaller set of nodes first.
> the "rpcdebug" stuff that Linux/nfs has is sometimes useful, but some parts
> are changing to tracepoints and some parts have remained, which is a
> little confusing.
> The fact that lustre tracing seems to *always* log everything so that if
> something goes wrong you can extract that last few meg(?) of logs seems
> really useful.

Not really. Lustre also has a bitmask for logs (since otherwise all those prints
are pretty cpu taxing), but what makes those logs better is:
the size is unlimited, not constrained by dmesg buffer size.
You can capture those logs from a crashdump (something I really wish
somebody would implement for tracepoint buffers, but alas, I have not
found anything for this yet - we have a crash plugin to extract lustre
debug logs from a kernel crashdump).
>>> Even if it is horrible it would be nice to have it in staging... I guess
>>> the changes required to ext4 prohibit that... I don't suppose it can be
>>> made to work with mainline ext4 in a reduced-functionality-and-performance
>>> way??
>> We support unpatched ZFS as a server too! ;)
> So that that mean you would expect lustre-server to work with unpatched
> ext4? In that case I won't give up hope of seeing the server in mainline
> in my lifetime.  Client first though.

While unpatched ext4 might in theory be possible, currently it does not export
everything we need from the transaction/fs control perspective.


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