Subject: RAIDframe questions
To: NetBSD Current Users <>
From: Chris Ross <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/19/2007 14:01:19
   While RAIDframe has been around in NetBSD for a really long time,  
I haven't used it before.  I've been mostly trying to use hardware  
RAID, but now have a fabulous opportunity to take one of my non- 
RAIDed machines, and put a RAIDframe RAID1 on it.  In looking for  
information, the best (only?) instructions that seem to be a good  
guide are:

   In looking at this guide, however, it reads as something that was  
written quite a while ago.  There are "changes" noted that were  
introduced in NetBSD 2.0, and I'm going to be using NetBSD 4.x for my  
machine, so I was wondering if anyone had a guide that was slightly  
more up-to-date.

   As one of the more important questions I wanted to ask about the  
current (or netbsd-4) state of RAIDframe and NetBSD, the above  
chapter indicates:

> Warning
> Always use shutdown(8)  when shutting down. Never simply use reboot 
> (8). reboot(8)  will not properly run shutdown RC scripts and will  
> not safely disable swap. This will cause dirty parity at every reboot.

   Is this still true?  What's the design philosophy behind this?  Is  
it reasonable that a command so many people (including myself) expect  
to "just work" causes this additional problem?  Is there anyway that  
I can work around this (other than perhaps moving/removing the reboot 
(8) binary)?  Personally, I'll be working with a netbsd-4 system,  
running on a sparc64.

   Thanks much for any assistance available...

                                      - Chris