[Lustre-discuss] lo2iblnd and Mellanox IB question

Colin Faber colin_faber at xyratex.com
Tue Nov 20 13:33:52 PST 2012

Hi Megan,

One thing to check is if the existing IB drivers are installed on your 
system. They will conflict with the MLX ones. Not sure how Intel is 
building against IB these days but if they're using stock, and you're 
trying to use MLX, you're going to run into these symbol errors. If 
that's the case then recompile against the correct driver set is the fix 


On 11/20/2012 02:20 PM, Ms. Megan Larko wrote:
> Hello to Everyone!
> I have a question to which I think I know the answer, but I am seeking
> confirmation (re-assurance?).
> I have build a RHEL 6.2 system with lustre-2.1.2.   I am using the
> rpms from the Whamcloud site for linux kernel
> 2.6.32_220.17.1.el6_lustre.x85_64 along with the version-matching
> lustre,  lustre-modules, lustre-ldiskfs, and kernel-devel,    I also
> have from the Whamcloud site
> kernel-ib-1.8.5-2.6.32-220.17.1.el6_lustre.x86_64 and the related
> kernel-ib-devel for same.
> The lustre file system works properly for TCP.
> I would like to use InfiniBand.   The system has a new Mellanox card
> for which mlxn1 firmware and drivers were installed.   After this was
> done (I cannot speak to before) the IB network will come up on boot
> and copy and ping in a traditional network fashion.
> Hard Part:  I would like to run the lustre file system on the IB (ib0).
> I re-created the lustre network to use /etc/modprobe.d/lustre.conf
> pointing to o2ib in place of tcp0.   I rebuilt the mgs/mdt and all
> osts to use the IB network (the mgs/mds --failnode=[new_IB_addr] and
> the osts point to mgs on IB net).   When I "modprobe lustre" to start
> the system I receive error messages stating that there are
> Input/Output errors on lustre modules fld.ko, fid,ko, mdc.ko osc.ko
> lov.ko.   The lustre.ko cannot be started.   A look in
> /var/log/messages reveals many "Unknown symbol" and "Disagrees about
> version of symbol"  from the ko2iblnd module.
> A "modprobe --dump-modversions /path/to/kernel/lo2iblnd.ko"  shows it
> pointing to the Modules.symvers of the lustre kernel.
> Am I correct in thinking that because of the specific Mellanox IB
> hardware I have (with its own /usr/src/ofa_kernel/Module.symvers
> file), that I have to build Lustre-2.1.2 from tarball to use the
> "configure --with-o2ib=/usr/src/ofa_kernel...."  mandating that this
> system use the ofa_kernel-1.8.5  modules and not the OFED 1.8.5 from
> the kernel-ib rpms  to which Lustre defaults in the Linux kernel?
> Is a rebuild of lustre from source mandartory or is there a way in
> which I may point to the appropriate symbols needed by the
> ko2iblnd.ko?
> Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday for those U.S. readers.    To everyone
> else in the world, have a great weekend!
> Megan Larko
> Hewlett-Packard
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