[Pacemaker] MySQL Master-Master replication with Corosync and Pacemaker

Peter Scott Peter at PSDT.com
Wed Jan 25 18:43:40 EST 2012

Hello.  Our problem is that a Corosync restart on the idle machine in a 
2-node cluster shutds down the mysqld process there and we need it to 
stay up for replication.  We are very new to Corosync and Pacemaker and 
have been slogging through every tutorial and document we can find.

Here's the detail: We have two MySQL comasters (each is a master and a 
slave of the other).  Traffic needs to arrive at only one machine at a 
time because otherwise conflicting simultaneous updates at each machine 
would cause a problem.  There is a single IP for clients 
(, see below).

After much sweating, we came up with the configuration below.  It works: 
if we kill the machine that's in use we see it switch to the other one.  
MySQL connections are seamlessly rerouted.

The problem is this: Say that dev-mysql01 is the active node.  If we 
restart Corosync on dev-mysql02, it stops mysqld there and does not 
restart it.  We can of course restart it manually but we want to 
understand why this is happening because it surprises us and maybe there 
are other circumstances under which it would either stop mysqld or fail 
to reatart it.

mysqld has to run on the inactive machine so that the active one can 
replicate all the transactions there, so that if the active one goes 
down the inactive one can come up in the current state.

Why is a Corosync restart stopping mysqld?

Here's our configuration:

node dev-mysql01
node dev-mysql02
primitive DBIP ocf:heartbeat:IPaddr2 \
         params ip="" cidr_netmask="24" \
         op monitor interval="30s"
primitive mysql ocf:heartbeat:mysql \
         params binary="/usr/bin/mysqld_safe" config="/etc/my.cnf" 
datadir="/var/lib/mysql" user="mysql" pid="/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid" 
socket="/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock" test_passwd="secret" 
test_table="lbcheck.lbcheck" test_user="lbcheck" \
         op monitor interval="20s" timeout="10s" \
         meta migration-threshold="10"
group mysql_group DBIP mysql
location master-prefer-node1 mysql_group 50: dev-mysql01
property $id="cib-bootstrap-options" \
         dc-version="1.1.2-f059ec7ced7a86ff4a0b963bccfe" \
         cluster-infrastructure="openais" \
         expected-quorum-votes="2" \
         stonith-enabled="false" \
rsc_defaults $id="rsc-options" \

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