[Pacemaker] Loss of ocf:pacemaker:ping target forces resources to restart?

Florian Crouzat gentoo at floriancrouzat.net
Thu Aug 23 04:57:02 EDT 2012

Le 22/08/2012 18:23, Andrew Martin a écrit :
> Hello,
> I have a 3 node Pacemaker + Heartbeat cluster (two real nodes and 1 quorum node that cannot run resources) running on Ubuntu 12.04 Server amd64. This cluster has a DRBD resource that it mounts and then runs a KVM virtual machine from. I have configured the cluster to use ocf:pacemaker:ping with two other devices on the network (,, and set constraints to move the resources to the most well-connected node (whichever node can see more of these two devices):
> primitive p_ping ocf:pacemaker:ping \
> params name="p_ping" host_list="" multiplier="1000" attempts="8" debug="true" \
> op start interval="0" timeout="60" \
> op monitor interval="10s" timeout="60"
> ...
> clone cl_ping p_ping \
> meta interleave="true"
> ...
> location loc_run_on_most_connected g_vm \
> rule $id="loc_run_on_most_connected-rule" p_ping: defined p_ping
> Today,'s network cable was unplugged for a few seconds and then plugged back in. During this time, pacemaker recognized that it could not ping and restarted all of the resources, but left them on the same node. My understanding was that since neither node could ping during this period, pacemaker would do nothing with the resources (leave them running). It would only migrate or restart the resources if for example node2 could ping but node1 could not (move the resources to where things are better-connected). Is this understanding incorrect? If so, is there a way I can change my configuration so that it will only restart/migrate resources if one node is found to be better connected?
> Can you tell me why these resources were restarted? I have attached the syslog as well as my full CIB configuration.
> Thanks,
> Andrew Martin

This is an interesting question and I'm also interested in answers.

I had the same observations, and there is also the case where the 
monitor() aren't synced across all nodes so, "Node 1 issue a monitor() 
on the ping resource and finds ping-node dead, node2 hasn't pinged yet, 
so node1 moves things to node2 but node2 now issue a monitor() and also 
finds ping-node dead."

The only solution I found was to adjust the dampen parameter to at least 
2*monitor().interval so that I can be *sure* that all nodes have issued 
a monitor() and they all decreased they scores so that when a decision 
occurs, nothings move.

It's been a long time I haven't tested, my cluster is very very stable, 
I guess I should retry to validate it's still a working trick.


dampen (integer, [5s]): Dampening interval
     The time to wait (dampening) further changes occur


primitive ping-nq-sw-swsec ocf:pacemaker:ping \
         params host_list="" 
dampen="35s" attempts="2" timeout="2" multiplier="100" \
         op monitor interval="15s"

Florian Crouzat

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