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The LocalResourceManager been requested to model fencing operations as resource operations.

AlanRobertson: I think this sounds like a big win if we can do this, but as of now, I'm not 100% sure if we know we can do this. More details on this can be found in the NodeFencing page. Also, for some reason, I thought this might also include ResourceFencing (since, after all, our main object is a resource). So, this is unclear to me at the moment.

HuangZhen: what is the define of ResourceFencing? As my understanding, it means that if the "stop" operation does not work or needs a long time to finish, we can use "fence" operation to stop the resource immediately. If so, it is the RA do the final work of ResourceFencing. LRM will just add a type of operation.

LarsMarowskyBree: I do not think ResourceFencing needs to be handled specially by the LocalResourceManager. Either a resource is self-fencing, in which case we just start it up, knowing that it will handle all of it internally (and the monitor/status operation would inform us if a reservation was pulled out from under us), or we need to perform a special 'reserve' command - but I would argue that we should encapsulate this into a special ResourceAgent, say SCSIReservation, which the Filesystem resource would then depend on - from the point of view of the LRM, no special handling at all is required for either of these two.

LarsMarowskyBree: Picking up this discussion, we have not seen any great objection to modelling a STONITH controller as a resource. I'll try to summarize the discussion:

  • A given STONITH device will be controlled by a STONITH controller resource; this will be allocated by the ClusterResourceManager on a selected node via the LocalResourceManager.

  • To make sure there's no confusion between the resource agents and the StonithAgents, they will be mapped to a special resource class stonith in addition to ocf, lsb, heartbeat etc. They will also be searched for in a different path. See the StonithAgent page for a detailed list of differences etc.

  • But essentially, they provide an additional fence operation via which we can ask them to shot a given set of nodes and report back the result.

  • This has the advantage that we can monitor the STONITH device using the regular monitor code path and find out early on when a STONITH device becomes unuseable.

    From the LocalResourceManager point of view, this seems to be fairly straight-forward. The only real change is searching for the stonith class agents in a different path; everything else should just work. Right?

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