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Re: [opensuse-ha] ext4 failure on cluster
On Thu, 2014-08-14 at 15:33 +0200, Lars Marowsky-Bree wrote:
On 2014-08-14T10:08:26, steve <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

1. Where our single ext4 file server is predictable under load (it just
gets slower), with both nodes up, why does the cluster fail so badly
under ext4 but absolutely screams under ocfs2? The strange thing is that
the clustered ext4 actually performs better when only one node is up.

ext4 cannot be concurrently mounted on multiple nodes.

Other setups use it:

We proved it doesn't work well and it usually freezes hard needing to
hold down the power off button.

The file system
just plain-out does not support that; if that is required in your use
case, you have no choice but to use OCFS2 (or try GFS2).
That's fine. We just wondered if there was a simple one liner which
explained this. That it just doesn't work is OK. But some people need

If you do not need to mount the file system on multiple nodes at the
same time, do not use OCFS2(/GFS2).

2. Following what is happening with vbox and mysql, are Oracle likely to
re-licence ocfs2 in the same way any time soon?

No. OCFS2 is part of the upstream kernel, and not Oracle's to relicense.

Thanks. That's good to know and to be able to pass on.

3. IF (2), do openSUSE or anyone else plan a fork (thinking e.g.

We have no intention nor need to fork OCFS2. We have multiple developers
contributing to OCFS2 file system development and also the rest of the
cluster stack.

If you want to go to production, consider this a quick advertisement for
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability, just in case you want
professional support and tested code ;-)

Nice plug. We asked, but SUSE seem to have no intention supporting Linux
only AD domains. Rumour has it that samba support is behind the times


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SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Jeff Hawn, Jennifer Guild, Felix Imend├Ârffer,
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