[ClusterLabs Developers] Resurrecting OCF

Ken Gaillot kgaillot at redhat.com
Tue Jul 19 11:06:12 EDT 2016

On 07/19/2016 09:33 AM, Oyvind Albrigtsen wrote:
> On 19/07/16 14:35, Lars Ellenberg wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 11:13:42AM -0500, Ken Gaillot wrote:
>>> A suggestion came up recently to formalize a new version of the OCF
>>> resource agent API standard[1].
>>> The main goal would be to formalize the API as it is actually used
>>> today, and to replace the "unique" meta-data attribute with two new
>>> attributes indicating uniqueness and reloadability. We could also add
>>> the fence agent API as a new spec, or expand the RA spec to cover both.
>>> The Open Cluster Framework (OCF) was originally created in 2003 as a
>>> working group of the Free Standards Group, which itself was absorbed
>>> into the Linux Foundation in 2007. Today, OCF isn't even listed among
>>> the Linux Foundation's workgroups[2].
>>> The opencf.org domain name (and, IIRC, website) is owned by Linbit.
>> To link with the last few times this came up:
>>   From: Lars Ellenberg, 2015-02-10 20:44:40 GMT
>>   Reviving the OCF OpenCF.org Open cluster framework
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.clustering.opencf.general/31/focus=31
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.clustering.opencf.general/31/focus=46
>> ^^ that one seems relevant.
>> Basically "we all" agreed that $someone should do $something,
>> and we would point all available pointers we still
>> have control over to the result.
>> As it frequently is, no-one felt to be $someone,
>> and so $something still needs to be done :-)
> I can take care of formalizing the new OCF API.
> Oyvind

And I've emailed the Linux Foundation to ask them to clarify the status
of OCF, and whether ClusterLabs can take it over, or they want to revive it.

>> Thanks for picking it up again!
>> Re "LF work group": I'm very bad with bureaucracy myself...
>> Older:
>>   From: Marek "marx" Grac, 2014-10-27 10:23:05 GMT
>>   Who will maintain OCF standard? Proposal for changes in DTD for
>> fence/resource agents
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.clustering.opencf.general/21
>> (in which Linbit was given opencf and linux-ha domains)
>>   ...
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.clustering.opencf.general/
>>> Does anyone have opinions about this, or suggestions about where to
>>> start? Should we keep it on the mailing lists, and focus on the RA API?
>>> Or should we figure out the status of OCF itself as an entity, and
>>> resurrect it somehow?
>>> [1]
>>> http://www.opencf.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/specs/ra/resource-agent-api.txt?rev=HEAD
>>> [2] http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups
>>> -- 
>>> Ken Gaillot <kgaillot at redhat.com>

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