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Re: Raidctl -u ought to turn off autoconfigure on the target raid set

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 09:54:44AM -0700, Brian Buhrow wrote:
>       Hello.  I'm not sure if I should file this as a PR or simply make the
> suggestion on the mailing lists.
>       When raidctl -u is run against a raid set which has auto-configure
> turned on, it really ought to first turn off autoconfigure on that raid set
> before it unconfigures the raid set.  Otherwise, if you reboot the system,
> the old raid set becomes a participant in the night of the living dead.
> This can be a problem if you're trying to migrate from one image to another
> by breaking a mirrored raid set, putting a new image on one of the disks,
> configuring a new raid set with the newly imaged disk as the working
> component, then rebooting to that new image and adding  the disk with the
> old image to the new raid set and thus completing your upgrade.  When you
> reboot, if the old disk is part of the original mirrored raid set, and the
> new disk is part of a new raid set, you automatically boot to the old image
> again.  Also, while it's possible to run raidctl -A no manualy before
> unconfiguring the raid set, it would be nice not to have to remember that
> step, or discover that you forgot it the hard way.

If you really want to remove it permanently, just do
raidctl -A no ...
raidctl -u ...

It can be handy to temporary unconfigure a raid device, and have it show
up again after reboot.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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