[stgt] Late opening of the backing store
fujita.tomonori at lab.ntt.co.jp
Wed Jan 18 23:17:21 CET 2012
On Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:06:36 +0100
**UNKNOWN CHARSET** <me at moshe.nl> wrote:
> (Oops, I clicked the wrong reply button)
> Hi Fujita,
> On Thu, 19 Jan 2012 06:31:19 +0900, FUJITA Tomonori
> <fujita.tomonori at lab.ntt.co.jp> wrote:
> > **UNKNOWN CHARSET** <me at moshe.nl> wrote:
> >> When a LUN is created with tgtd, tgtd immediately open()s the backing
> >> store, however I don't think data is actually read before a connection
> >> from an initiator is made.
> >> My question is, is there an option to make tgtd open the file the
> >> moment a connection is made (and not before)?
> >> And if this is not currently possible, what would it take to implement
> >> this?
> >> As a related feature, the backing store could be close()d after the
> >> (last) connection has ended.
> > tgt enables you to add/remove logical units any time. Why you can't
> > add a device such as lvm volumes when it's ready?
> Adding works fine. The problem is, the moment it is added, the
> file/volume/disk is 'in use' (by stgt), this prevents (for example) the
> lvm tools from changing or removing the device.
> For example, I want the ability to export all volumes in a LVM
> volumegroup automatically, this can easily be done with a udev script
> add the LUN. The same could be done for removing the volume, only stgt
> prevents this by making LVM mark the device 'in use'. I would like a
> option so stgt only 'uses' the device, if there is a connection that
> _really_ uses the device.
Why you can't remove the device from tgt?
> Is short this means stgt should defer the open() call on the backing
> store until a connection is requested. Likewise, it should close() the
> backing store when the last connection closes.
> I am guessing such a feature does not yet exist (I couldn't find it),
tgt supports such feature for MMC logical units. But what tgt should
return to initiators when the initiators try to access to devices that
are not available?
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