[ClusterLabs] Doing reload right

Ken Gaillot kgaillot at redhat.com
Fri Jul 8 16:39:39 EDT 2016

On 07/04/2016 07:13 AM, Ferenc Wágner wrote:
> Ken Gaillot <kgaillot at redhat.com> writes:
>> Does anyone know of an RA that uses reload correctly?
> My resource agents advertise a no-op reload action for handling their
> "private" meta attributes.  Meta in the sense that they are used by the
> resource agent when performing certain operations, not by the managed
> resource itself.  Which means they are trivially changeable online,
> without any resource operation whatsoever.
>> Does anyone object to the (backward-incompatible) solution proposed
>> here?
> I'm all for cleanups, but please keep an online migration path around.

Not sure what you mean by online ... the behavior would change when
Pacemaker was upgraded, so the node would already be out of the cluster
at that point. You would unmanage resources if desired, stop pacemaker
on the node, upgrade pacemaker, upgrade the RA, then start/manage again.

If you mean that you would like to use the same RA before and after the
upgrade, that would be doable. We could bump the crm feature set, which
gets passed to the RA as an environment variable. You could modify the
RA to handle both reload and reload-params, and if it's asked to reload,
check the feature set to decide which type of reload to do. You could
upgrade the RA anytime before the pacemaker upgrade.

In pseudo-code, the recommended way of supporting reload would become:

  reload_params() { ... }
  reload_service() { ... }

  if action is "reload-params" then
  else if action is "reload"
     if crm_feature_set < X.Y.Z then

Handling both "unique" and "reloadable" would be more complicated, but
that's inherent in the mismash of meaning unique has right now. I see
three approaches:

1. Use "unique" in its GUI sense and "reloadable" to indicate reloadable
parameters. This would be cleanest, but would not be useful with
pre-"reloadable" pacemaker.

2. Use both unique=0 and reloadable=1 to indicate reloadable parameters.
This sacrifices proper GUI hinting to keep compatibility with pre- and
post-"reloadable" pacemaker (the same sacrifice that has to be made now
to use reload correctly).

3. Dynamically modify the metadata according to the crm feature set,
using approach 1 with post-"reloadable" pacemaker and approach 2 with
pre-"reloadable" pacemaker. This is the most flexible but makes the code
more complicated. In pseudocode, it might look something like:

   if crm_feature_set < X.Y.Z then

   meta_data() {
      <parameter name="my_param_1" $UNIQUE_TRUE $RELOADABLE_FALSE>
      <parameter name="my_param_2" $UNIQUE_FALSE $RELOADABLE_FALSE>

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