Bug#599203: marked as done (os-prober: Causes Data Corruption on a SAN setup; Mounts SAN volumes that are already mounted on a different host.)
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has caused the Debian Bug report #599203,
regarding os-prober: Causes Data Corruption on a SAN setup; Mounts SAN volumes that are already mounted on a different host.
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An upgrade (os-prober 1.35 -> 1.39) corrupted 3.3 TB of data on our SAN.
I was upgrading the host space1 and the data corruption occurred on space2. An install script of os-prober tried mounting as read-only a SAN volume which was already mounted on space2. That volume (on sapce2) was in production use so EXT3-fs (on space1) concluded that the journal was inconsistent, re-mounted as writable and performed a "recovery".
The mount on space2 became unavailable bringing the production host down. Re-mounting failed. After rebooting space2 fsck was required on the affected partition. It ran for many hours and found a huge number errors. Probably more than 10,000 errors. Then I was able to mount the volume and saw that our data was turned into gray goo: parts of system prel scripts were replaced by binary chunks, databases and web servers would not start. I had 30 containers in production. Some actually booted despite major sporadic data corruption in them.
My fellow system administrator from another department on campus said that their distribution (CentOS) does not run install scripts. As he worded it - Debian ended-up managing your SAN for you.
The reason why I got os-prober was the change in Debian's policy to install all recommended packages and os-prober was recommended by Grub. I am not sure why the data corruption did not happed when I upgraded to Squeeze a month ago (grub-common 1.96+20080724-16 -> 1.98-1).
I'm attaching the aptitiude log and syslog of space1.
The root of the problem is also described in bug #556739 (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=556739). The author predicts filesystem corruption and data loss back in 2009.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers stable
APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 22.214.171.124+openvz-budarin (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Versions of packages os-prober depends on:
ii libc6 2.11.2-2 Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
os-prober recommends no packages.
os-prober suggests no packages.
-- no debconf information
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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:51:19 +0000
Binary: os-prober-udeb os-prober
Architecture: source i386
Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Changed-By: Colin Watson <email@example.com>
os-prober - utility to detect other OSes on a set of drives
os-prober-udeb - utility to detect other OSes on a set of drives (udeb)
Closes: 417407 556739 567953 589676 592924 599203
os-prober (1.40) unstable; urgency=low
[ Christian Perrier ]
* Fix Windows Vista and Windows Recovery Environment partitions
recognition. (Thanks, Bouke Bunnik)
Closes: #589676, LP: #476625
* Allow recognition of recent MINIX installations.
Thanks to Feiran Zheng
[ Colin Watson ]
* Improve error message when /sys/block is missing.
* os-prober doesn't know how to probe other OSes on non-Linux kernels.
For now, just exit quietly rather than confusing people (closes:
* Ignore active swap partitions (thanks, Alex Owen; see #417407).
* Refactor linux_mount_boot to look up labels and UUIDs using blkid or
/dev/disk/by-*/ rather than relying on mount being smart enough. This
removes some horrible code that executes mount from /target.
* Set partitions read-only before mounting them (based on a patch by Alex
Owen; closes: #417407, #556739, #599203).
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