booting from MD Device leaves raid degraded

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

A SLES 11 System was installed with the root Filesystem on a MD Raid Device. Sometimes after a boot the there is a path missing from the MD, so the Raid is degraded.

Manually re-adding the device works:

# mdadm --manage /dev/md0 -a /dev/myshinyonep2
mdadm: re-added /dev/myshinyonep2



Resolution

add the lines

  AUTO -all
  POLICY  path=pci-0000:YY:* action=re-add
  POLICY  path=pci-0000:YY:* action=re-add

to /etc/mdadm.conf. Please keep in mind that the above

  YY

has to be found out from the system. These values have to be adjusted
based on the PCI path the devices are actually on. If in doubt you can
run

   supportconfig

and consult the resulting hw.txt

Run

  mkinitrd

to update the md configuration in the initial ramdisk.

After this a reboot will verify that the issue is resolved.

Cause

The issue in this case is that the md will not wait for all devices to appear but will press
on with the booting process for speed. To build a dependency like it would be possible
in SLE 12 is not feasable in SLE 11. The solution in this case is to let the system boot
but to ensure that the MD Array will be reassembled automatically.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7018240
  • Creation Date: 04-Nov-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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