[Pacemaker] chicken-egg-problem with libvirtd and a VM within cluster

Tom Fernandes anyaddress at gmx.net
Thu Oct 11 12:09:30 EDT 2012

Hi all,

I have a 2-node-cluster running DRBD, libvirtd and a virtual machine.

I observed that when I stop and start corosync on one of the nodes, pacemaker 
(when starting corosync again) wants to check the status of the vm before 
starting libvirtd. This check fails as libvirtd needs to be running for this 
check. After trying for 20s libvirtd starts. The vm gets restarted after those 
20s and then runs on one of the nodes. I am left with a monitoring-error to 
cleanup and my vm has rebooted.

One solution seems to be to run libvirtd outside the cluster, being managed by 
the OS.

I followed the ha-kvm.pdf guide and other peoples advise with my setup and 
wonder if either the guide is wrong / untested or if I'm missing something?

This was also discussed with some of the folks on #linux-ha a couple of hours 

warm regards,


node pcmk-1 \
        attributes standby="off"
node pcmk-2 \
        attributes standby="off"
primitive vm1 ocf:heartbeat:VirtualDomain \
        params config="/etc/libvirt/qemu/vm1.xml" \
        meta allow-migrate="false" target-role="Started" \
        op monitor interval="60" timeout="30" \
        op start interval="0" timeout="90" \
        op stop interval="0" timeout="120"
primitive drbd_vm1 ocf:linbit:drbd \
        params drbd_resource="vm1"
primitive libvirtd lsb:libvirt-bin
ms ms-drbd_vm1 drbd_vm1 \
        meta master-max="1" master-node-max="1" clone-max="2" clone-node-
max="1" notify="true" target-role="Started"
clone cl-libvirtd libvirtd \
        meta interleave="true" clone-max="2"
colocation vm1_on_drbd inf: vm1 ms-drbd_vm1:Master
order cl-libvirtd_before_vm1 inf: cl-libvirtd:start vm1:start
order drbd_before_vm1 inf: ms-drbd_vm1:promote vm1:start
property $id="cib-bootstrap-options" \
        dc-version="1.1.7-ee0730e13d124c3d58f00016c3376a1de5323cff" \
        cluster-infrastructure="openais" \
        expected-quorum-votes="2" \
        stonith-enabled="false" \
        no-quorum-policy="ignore" \
rsc_defaults $id="rsc-options" \

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