Commit aa355c79 authored by Luca Bigliardi's avatar Luca Bigliardi
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Node daemon availability improvements proposal

Signed-off-by: default avatarLuca Bigliardi <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarGuido Trotter <>
parent 12eff9b9
......@@ -292,6 +292,35 @@ wasn't closed during the timeout, the waiting function returns to its
caller nonetheless.
Node daemon availability
Current State and shortcomings
Currently, when a Ganeti node suffers serious system disk damage, the
migration/failover of an instance may not correctly shutdown the virtual
machine on the broken node causing instances duplication. The ``gnt-node
powercycle`` command can be used to force a node reboot and thus to
avoid duplicated instances. This command relies on node daemon
availability, though, and thus can fail if the node daemon has some
pages swapped out of ram, for example.
Proposed changes
The proposed solution forces node daemon to run exclusively in RAM. It
uses python ctypes to to call ``mlockall(MCL_CURRENT | MCL_FUTURE)`` on
the node daemon process and all its children. In addition another log
handler has been implemented for node daemon to redirect to
``/dev/console`` messages that cannot be written on the logfile.
With these changes node daemon can successfully run basic tasks such as
a powercycle request even when the system disk is heavily damaged and
reading/writing to disk fails constantly.
Feature changes
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