On 12/10/2012 10:08 PM, Chris Leech wrote:
Sorry about the cross-posting, but I think that in order to get this right I'm
going to need as much feedback as I can get.

I think I've got this working pretty well now (at least for my iBFT configured
iSCSI root test case), although the dracut module still needs work.  This is
based on the iscsid socket activation patch from Tomasz Torcz and the unit
files from Tomasz and Jóhann B. Guðmundsson.

Attempting to start iscsid using systemd unit files (socket activated or not)
was impacting my iscsi-root test setup.  Rather than try to preserve the old
logic that used the _netdev mount flag to determine when iscsid could be safely
shutdown, I've been working on following the guidelines for root storage
daemons http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/RootStorageDaemons.

1) I patched iscsid to set argv[0][0] = '@' if a new --initrd flag is passed on
    the command line.  It's simple, it works, we don't kill iscsid before the
    root filesystem is unmounted.

2) When starting iscsid from the initrd, I then ran into issues of iscsid not
    functioning properly after the switch_root.  It's not mentioned in the
    RootStorageDaemons documentation, but if a process left running from the
    initrd needs further filesystem access at runtime it will need to be able to
    chroot itself before the switch_root.  I patched iscsid and iscsiadm with a
    newroot command (using plymouth as an example), and used a dracut clenaup
    hook to call "iscsiadm --newroot /sysroot".

3) Related to #2, launching iscsid as a Type=simple service from the initrd
    (I'm testing this with Fedora 18 beta, where dracut uses systemd in the
    initrd) results in STDOUT/STDERR access after the switch_root failing with
    EPIPE.  It seems that the connection to the journal process is dead once the
    initrd instantiated systemd-journald is replaced with the runtime process.

    I can at least keep iscsid functioning if I run it as Type=forking, but I'm
    not sure if I'm losing runtime logging or not.  I may be able to do
    something with the StandardOutput and StandardError options in the service

You should be using Type=forking here

4) None of this helps if the sessions are shutdown when we still need them.
    Rather than the all-or-nothing _netdev mount option checks that have been
    used in the past, I'm attempting to use the fact that iscsiadm will skip
    over session that match a node with startup=onboot set when doing a
    logoutall.  The iscsi_mark_root_nodes script is borrowed from the SUSE init
    scripts in the open-iscsi repos written by Hannes Reinecke.  I've made minor
    changes to export the list of sessions activated in the initramfs, and then
    mark those as onboot when starting iscsi.service.

Things that still need looking into.

1) Command line configured iSCSI parameters.  If iscsistart is to be fully
    removed something needs to setup the node from the command line.  Or
    iscsistart needs to be able to run alongside iscsid.

2) Proper ordering of the iscsi.service for non-root filesystems.

Any and all feedback and/or help welcome.

Looking the unit file for iscsid I do believe I missed this ( basically the same as multipath unit ) since you know it's early boot special, root and all that ;)


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