Unnecessary spaces in "multipath -l" command output

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3


When using SLES 11 SP3 with multipath enabled, an output of the command
"multipath -l | cat -ve" does for example show the following output:
14945540000000000f86756dce9286158be4c6e3567e75ba5 dm-3 IET     ,VIRTUAL-DISK    $ 
size=8.0M features='0' hwhandler='0' wp=rw$ 
|-+- policy='service-time 0' prio=0 status=active$ 
| `- 3:0:0:64 sdi 8:128 active undef running$ 
`-+- policy='service-time 0' prio=0 status=enabled$ 
 `- 4:0:0:64 sdq 65:0  active undef running$ 

Extra spaces after IET and VIRTUAL-DISK can be seen in the above output. 


The same output in SLES 11 SP2 does not show these spaces: 

14945540000000000f86756dce9286158be4c6e3567e75ba5 dm-10 IET,VIRTUAL-DISK$ 
size=8.0M features='1 queue_if_no_path' hwhandler='0' wp=rw$ 
|-+- policy='round-robin 0' prio=0 status=active$ 
| `- 7:0:0:64 sdu 65:64 active undef running$ 
`-+- policy='round-robin 0' prio=0 status=enabled$ 
  `- 6:0:0:64 sdt 65:48 active undef running$ 


This is a bug, and fix has been released March 2014.

Additional Information

Using "multipath -ll" also shows the same issue. 


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  • Document ID:7014442
  • Creation Date: 23-Jan-2014
  • Modified Date:14-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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