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Re: [opensuse-buildservice] (hopefully) short downtime for OBS
  • From: Ruediger Oertel <ro@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:41:31 +0200
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On Sunday, October 10, 2010 03:05:16 pm David Greaves wrote:
On 10/10/10 13:15, Ruediger Oertel wrote:

in order to do the final switch of the underlying storage for the backend
server (an increase from 4.8T to 8T storage) there will be a (hopefully)
short downtime for the OBS.

At the moment, the server will still react, but the schedulers,
dispatcher and publisher are off and a sync is running (the sync before
had just completed, so the delta should already be quite small).
FYI: this step is completed, we're now at the real downtime and the final sync
is running

If this run is done, OBS will go down in maintenance mode, repserver will
be shutdown and the webservice will give out a downtime message and the
old storate will be remounted readonly for one final and hopefully quick
sync before we switch to the new filesystem.

I will report back when everything is complete.

Hi Reudiger

This sounds interesting.... would you be able to describe the steps in a
little more detail? Eg which services are shut down and in what order;
which parts of the storage they touch? I'm sure that many of us operating
our own instances would be keen to understand how you approach it.
well, in short:
"/etc/init.d/obsscheduler shutdown" will write out the state of the schedulers
to avoid a cold start phase after everything is finished.
So the schedulers (one per target architecture) are stopped, they create most
the write operations below /bs/build , and now you can stop
the dispatcher (which sends out the build jobs to the build clients) this one
most of the write operations below /bs/jobs and /bs/workers.
Then you can stop the publisher, which basically reads from /bs/build and writes
to /bs/repos, and at this state you probably have no more active build jobs
and you can stop bs_warden and bs_signer and basically have only the
left, so that osc operations can still work but the rest of the buildservice is
That was the part that is done by now (some syncs from the old to the new
device were
running over the last weeks while I've been pushing this step ahead of me ...)
and now
the almost-last sync is done, the repserver is shut down and you do a readonly
of the old filesystem and run the really-final-sync.
Well, the rest is basically unmount the old fs, mount the new fs in place,
possibly edit
the /etc/fstab so this stays that way during a reboot, and then you either
reboot the machine
for a clean start or just start all the services again in reverse order from



with kind regards (mit freundlichem Grinsen),
Ruediger Oertel (ro@xxxxxxxxxx,ro@xxxxxxx,bugfinder@xxxxxxxxxxx)
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