On Mittwoch, 8. September 2010 Dave Chinner wrote:
> Dynamically changing the RAID array geometry is a Bad Idea. Yes,
> you can do it, but if you've got a filesystem full of data and
> metadata aligned to the old geometry then after the modification
> it won't be aligned anymore.
> If you want to do this, then either don't bother about geomtry hints
> in the first place, or dump, rebuild the array, mkfs and restore so
> everything is properly aligned with the new world order. Hell,
> dump/mkfs/restore might even be faster than reshaping a large
You're right. But there are some customers who don't want to spend the
money for a 2nd array, and can't afford the downtime of backup, rebuild
raid (takes 8-48 hours), restore. So an online upgrade is needed. We're
not in an ideal world.
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Michael Monnerie, Ing. BSc
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