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ZFS: errors: Permanent errors have been detected

Discussion in 'General' started by overmind, May 24, 2011.

  1. overmind

    overmind Member

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    Hi,

    I've played lately with ZFS building a raidz pool of 3 usb sticks. Using 3 USB sticks of 8GB, I've created 4G partitions with gpart. I've added those drives to a ZFS pool. Then I've tried to remove one and add a new usb stick formatted at 8G. The idea is to simulate upgrading hard drives. After first stick was changed and everything resilvered I've changed second drive. When pool resilvered for second drive I've got an error:

    Code:
    errors: Permanent errors have been detected in the following files:
            /tank/FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img
    
    That was a file I've copied to test the speed of the pool, before changing sticks. Here is the status of my pool:

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    zpool status -v
      pool: tank
     state: DEGRADED
    status: One or more devices has experienced an error resulting in data
            corruption.  Applications may be affected.
    action: Restore the file in question if possible.  Otherwise restore the
            entire pool from backup.
       see: http://www.sun.com/msg/ZFS-8000-8A
     scrub: resilver completed after 0h4m with 1 errors on Tue May 24 02:34:03 2011
    config:
    
            NAME             STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
            tank             DEGRADED     0     0     2
              raidz1         DEGRADED     0     0     4
                replacing    DEGRADED     0     0     0
                  da1p1/old  REMOVED      0     0     0
                  da1p1      ONLINE       0     0     0  1.05G resilvered
                da0p1        ONLINE       0     0     0
                da3p1        ONLINE       0     0     0  21.5K resilvered
    
    errors: Permanent errors have been detected in the following files:
    
            /tank/FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img
    
    Code:
    zpool list
    NAME   SIZE   USED  AVAIL    CAP  HEALTH  ALTROOT
    tank  10.5G  3.15G  7.35G    29%  DEGRADED  -
    
    So my question is: it is safe to upgrade drives from a raidz pool? And another weird thing. I've destroyed my pool and now I try to create it again:

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    zpool create tank2 raidz da0p1 da1p1 da2p1
    invalid vdev specification
    use '-f' to override the following errors:
    /dev/da1p1 is part of potentially active pool 'tank'
    
    But I do not have tank pool anymore:
    Code:
    zpool list
    no pools available
    
     
  2. usdmatt

    usdmatt Member

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    Yes, it should usually be safe to expand a raidz vdev. It looks like you've had checksum errors reading data from the remaining disks during the resilver (rebuild) which has meant you've lost that data. The only option would be to remove the offending files, along with any snapshots that reference them, possibly followed by a scrub.

    I'm never quite sure why zpool status shows checksum errors in the vdev, but none on the disks. I can only guess that data is read from the stripe on the disks, and then checksummed, meaning that a checksum error can not be mapped to a specific disk, only to the raidz vdev.
    *That's only a guess though, and would mean that you'll never known what disk has the problem unless you start getting physical read/write errors, which seems a bit of a flaw*

    If you are running FreeBSD with the v28 version of ZFS and have the zpool autoexpand property set to on, the pool should increase automatically as soon as the last resilver is done. Otherwise you have to export & import the pool to see the new size.

    As for that create error, it looks like da1p1 wasn't cleared when the pool was destroyed. May have something to do with it still being in that replacing mode shown in the status output.

    [CMD="zpool"]list[/CMD] only shows active, imported pools so you won't see it there. You may see it if you run [CMD="zpool"]import[/CMD] which scans all disks for ZFS pool info and displays their status.

    You can wipe the device manually, or just use the -f option to force ZFS to use the disk.
     
  3. overmind

    overmind Member

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    I've purchase other usb sticks and repeated the process and now it works (I am able to "upgrade" the zfs pool to a bigger size.

    The weird thing is that I did not get any error from older sticks. I think one of them was a little bit slow (well, those "old" ones was in fact not very old).

    The error was present every time when I've tried to resize the pool.
    And by every time I mean reformatting the drives and re-creating the pool.

    So it was a hardware problem for me. If something goes wrong when upgrading drives in the pool with bigger ones then data is lost.

    This was useful for me: http://kerneltrap.org/mailarchive/freebsd-fs/2007/9/24/298289

    If you do tests with ZFS on usb stick and you want to clean a drive to add it to the pool like is a new drive do a dd not only for first blocks of data. I think ZFS metadata is stored at the end of the drive too.
     
  4. carlton_draught

    carlton_draught New Member

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    Did you remove da1p1 (the old one) before the pool finished resilvering? From what I see it looks like that is what you did.

    However, I don't use RAIDZ of any sort any more. I don't see the benefits outweighing the costs/problems in most applications.
     
  5. overmind

    overmind Member

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    I waited for the pool to finish resilver every time I've change the drive. And I've repeated the process few time. Every time I've lost files. After I've used a new sets of USB sticks the problem was solved. So it was a hardware (usb) problem.

    Well I think raidz is ok for a single point of failure and also to get maximum size of the pool. What would you choose instead of raidz?
     
  6. carlton_draught

    carlton_draught New Member

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    Ok. Did you scrub before you replaced the (USB) drives? Maybe there was a latent error waiting to be discovered that would be uncovered after a scrub. ZFS won't catch an error unless the file on which the error lies is read, or a scrub is performed.

    RAIDZ tolerates the failure of only 1 device. I use mirror instead, wherever possible. And triple mirror, on HDD (you get 3x read performance instead of 2x, and you can tolerate two drives failing, meaning you can afford to relax a little more). See here and here. Drives are cheap. Your data is not.