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Heatwaves lead to hardware failures

So for our Vancouver heatwave (I noted 39C away from the water today, in the shade!), it's finally claimed some of my computer hardware. Most annoying, the battery backup unit (BBU) in the newer fileserver, and 1.5 of the disks of the RAID1 array in the old server...

My website and personal email will be offline for a day or two while I ensure my backups are up to date, and redeploy to the newer fileserver (after I buy a new BBU tomorrow).

Syndicated 2009-07-30 13:01:10 from Move along, nothing to read

new fortune-mod-gentoo-dev release

I really need to get back to writing in this blog. In the meantime, I scoured my email for the last 2 years of fortune submissions that I hadn't compiled together yet, and make a release. Go forth and amuse yourselves with it.

Syndicated 2009-03-05 11:27:22 from Move along, nothing to read

gentoo mirror stats: master distfiles distribution.

Now for the second set of statistics. These aren't directly useful to mirrors in estimating their traffic, but instead gives a good overview of how our mirroring setup works internally, and now much traffic is involved in the fan-out stage. Distfiles are the main content moved around by this system, but it is also used for the other directories for releases, experimental and snapshots.

A very quick overview of the existing setup:

  1. Developer uploads new distfile directly to dev.gentoo.org.
  2. The master-distfiles box pulls from dev.gentoo.org hourly.
  3. The master-distfiles box checks every ebuild, and downloads missing distfiles from their primary URI if they do not exist. The daily distfile report is also created at this point.
  4. Every hour, the cluster master of ftp.osuosl.org pulls the latest content from master-distfiles. (Averages 240MB/day of traffic).
  5. The OSL FTP cluster master (in Oregon) pushes to it's slave locations in Atlanta and Chicago.
  6. All distfiles mirrors pick up their content from one of the FTP nodes - Internet2-connected hosts are directed via DNS to an Internet2-connected slave for performance.

Each of the distfiles mirrors has about 140-160MB of upstream traffic every day (including both the new files and the rsync overhead for scanning). If there are no files changed, the rsync traffic for a directory scan is 1-2MB. While this isn't a lot of traffic, it's very spiky, as mirrors tend to be on fast links.

The new weekly builds from the Release Engineering team will probably be adding another 1.3GB per week, staggered as one arch per day.

I got a small subset of the logs from the OSU FTP cluster for processing some of these statistics. They cover the 24 hour period of 2008/08/07 UTC. It does not have data of which traffic went via Internet2, and I've grouped the sources by country code (using IP::Country::Fast from CPAN).

CC OutBytesCount, [Notes]
South America
AR 1498379141
BR 1498405221
== 299678436 2
AT 3202290562
BA 1498404221
BE 1464739661
BG 2199886072
CH 1496743121
CZ 8062803705
DE 149092997310
DK 2295154041
EE 1360037741
ES 4493037003
FI 1387115261
FR 7996356615
GB 3960190613
GR 4172227743 [1]
IS 1360037741
LV 1499118641
NL 4519136003
NO 1499088261
PL 6957242141
PT 2840207112
RO 3668540933
SE 4496643343
SK 1498405681
== 8683670590 55
AU 2974020902
JP 4493696853
KR 4509289423
RU 1972457562
SG 1356810941
TH 1358357761
TW 4927311704
== 2159194513 16
North America:
CA 7429692847
US 317491485824
== 3917884142 31
Middle East:
IL 1935272832
KW 1497725501
== 343299833 3

Grand Total:
== 15403727514 bytes 107

[1] One Greek mirror was excluded from the traffic and counts, as this was their catchup sync with 7Gb of traffic after some hardware-related downtime.

As a bit of analysis, I think that more than half of our mirrors (Europe, Middle East, RU) would benefit from having a box to sync against in Europe.

Syndicated 2008-12-16 22:50:31 from Move along, nothing to read

gentoo mirrors stats: a rsync.gentoo.org box

I was doing some statistics about Gentoo mirrors to see about future plans, and thought that the indirect crowd that read my blog via the various aggregators might be interested in numbers.

These are the traffic for boobie.gentoo.org, which is a newer box in the official rsync.gentoo.org box directly maintained by the Infrastructure team. Hardware specs are 2x Xeon 3050 @2.13Ghz, 4GB RAM. Disk is mostly irrelevant - the rsync workload is served purely from RAM (tail-packing reiserfs, backed via loop device pointing to a file on tmpfs).

Inbound traffic is spiky, but does not exceed 10Mbit by more than a little bit - we can the inbound rsyncs from the rsync1 master to 10Mbit. Outbound traffic varies between 4Mbit and 9Mbit, with an average around 6-7Mbit.

Date InBytes InBPS OutBytes OutBPS
2008-12-01 2451035341 28368 59523455410 688928
2008-12-02 2325176854 26911 54877643699 635157
2008-12-03 2167829249 25090 50850785431 588550
2008-12-04 2227342435 25779 50823673845 588236
2008-12-05 2182014214 25254 50558268814 585165
2008-12-06 2039468435 23604 47476164351 549492
2008-12-07 1906528455 22066 50327689263 582496
2008-12-08 2127792797 24627 52759944753 610647
2008-12-09 2327731419 26941 56661069093 655799
2008-12-10 2246262570 25998 52107127647 603091
2008-12-11 2302572673 26650 53602727876 620401
2008-12-12 2077185312 24041 47108235487 545234
2008-12-13 2162193709 25025 50807583749 588050
2008-12-14 1698766788 19661 43678479520 505537
2008-12-15 2370132609 27432 58353939353 675392

Syndicated 2008-12-16 21:37:02 from Move along, nothing to read

I'm a mac... vs. *NIX

Many thanks to [info]logik for this work of brilliance. Posted with permission, and slightly reformatted here.

A stoner, takes a puff of his joint and says, "Hi, I'm a mac!".
The poorly dressed wannabe bank teller beside him says, "... and I'm a PC."

The door nearby blows in and a heavily armed tactical team storms the room,
throwing both of them to the floor, barrels of MP5k's against their skulls.

Someone yells, "AREA CLEAR!"
The lieutenant comes in after them, smoking a cigar, surveying the area.
"I'm Solaris,
the sergeant over there is BSD (You remember your daddy mac?),
the pretty boy with the M14, he's Linux,
and the guy toting the M60... That there is HPUX.
Now, shut the fuck up, both of you.
We've had about enough of your 'Bill and Ted Get a Computer' bullshit.
Keep it up, and we're gonna do the same thing to you that we did to OS2, got it?"

Syndicated 2008-11-25 09:29:13 from Move along, nothing to read

Gentoo recruiting randomness

As a recent random time-waster, I went and read all of the bugs in the "Recruitment" product of the Gentoo Bugzilla. In doing so, I found twelve developers (ebuild or other) that weren't listed in our LDAP or historical tracking at all. I added them back now, I have gentoo-core announcements from when several of them joined as well that I double-checked.

The "lost" developers
  • pihta - bug 20756
  • ct - bug 22211
  • srcerer - bug 23184 (retire date approximate)
  • fede2 - bug 25464
  • vlaci - bug 31795
  • teval - bug 36753
  • mccabemt - bug 43029
  • rip7 - bug 46353
  • twk-b - bug 53723
  • dj-submerge - bug 57051
  • little_bob - bug 69742
  • ruth - bug 70469
Other LDAP changes from my review:
  • svyatogor - bug 20756 - updated join date for original docs work, he had commit rights two years before his previously stated join date
  • archaelus - bug 30835 - data fixup
  • apokorny - bug 70188 - add join date
Further plans:

There are 92 developers without join dates. We need to find join dates for them via BugZilla and CVS/SVN. Also audit all join dates for every other developer. Lastly, discover and capture retirement dates for every past developer.

Present statistics: 673 developers total. 247 active, 426 retired.

Syndicated 2008-11-24 09:05:57 from Move along, nothing to read

long-term ccache statistics for a portage-dedicated instance

Migrating data and cleaning up my old desktop display head machine, I decided to check out my ccache statistics. This is a very old cache, having first started 2006-01-13. The oldest item in the present cache is 2008-01-12, but the statistics are valid for the entire period. hits 229k and 834k misses = approximately 21% hit rate. This wasn't any crazy repeated compiling of my own code, just a dedicated ccache directory for Portage to use.

cache hit                         228637
cache miss                        834113
called for link                   100293
multiple source files                526
compile failed                     20645
ccache internal error                 14
preprocessor error                 12425
cache file missing                     9
bad compiler arguments                 1
not a C/C++ file                   39097
autoconf compile/link             183802
unsupported compiler option        34481
no input file                      96690
files in cache                    204344
cache size                           1.8 Gbytes
max cache size                       2.0 Gbytes

Syndicated 2008-09-14 07:53:25 from Move along, nothing to read

Linux MD RAID devices and moving spares to missing slots

Setting up the storage on my new machine, I just ran into something really interesting, what seems to be deliberate usable and useful, but completely undocumented functionality in the MD RAID layer.

It's possible to create RAID devices with the initial array having 'missing' slots, and then add the devices for those missing slots later. RAID1 lets you have one or more, RAID5 only one, RAID6 one or two, RAID10 up to half of the total. That functionality is documented in both the Documentation/md.txt of the kernel, as well as the manpage for mdadm.

What isn't documented is when you later add devices, how to get them to take up the 'missing' slots, rather than remain as spares. Nothing in md(7), mdadm(8), or Documentation/md.txt. Nothing I tried with mdadm could do it either, leaving only the sysfs interface for the RAID device.

Documentation/md.txt does describe the sysfs interface in detail, but seems to have some omissions and outdated material - the code has moved on, but the documentation hasn't caught up yet.

So, below the jump, I present my small HOWTO on creating a RAID10 with missing devices and how to later add them properly.

MD with missing devices HOWTO

We're going to create /dev/md10 as a RAID10, starting with two missing devices. In the example here, I use 4 loopback devices of 512MiB each: /dev/loop[1-4], but you should just substitute your real devices.

# mdadm --create /dev/md10 --level 10 -n 4 /dev/loop1 missing /dev/loop3 missing -x 0
mdadm: array /dev/md10 started.
# cat /proc/mdstat 
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/2] [U_U_]
# mdadm --manage --add /dev/md10 /dev/loop2 /dev/loop4
mdadm: added /dev/loop2
mdadm: added /dev/loop4
# cat /proc/mdstat 
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop4[4](S) loop2[5](S) loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/2] [U_U_]

Now notice that the two new devices have been added as spares [denoted by the "(S)"], and that the array remains degraded [denoted by the underscores in the "[U_U_]"]. Now it's time to break out the sysfs interface.

# cd /sys/block/md10/md/
# grep . dev-loop*/{slot,state}

Now a short foray into explaining how MD-raid sees component devices. For an array with N devices total, there are slots numbered from 0 to N-1. If all the devices are present, there are no empty slots. The presence or absence of a device in a slot is noted by the display from /proc/mdstat: [U_U_]. That shows we have a devices in slots 0 and 2, and nothing in slots 1 and 3. The mdstat output does include slot numbers after each device in the listing line: md10 : active raid10 loop4[4](S) loop2[5](S) loop3[2] loop1[0]. loop4 and loop2 are in slots 4 and 5, both spare. loop3 and loop1 are in slots 0 and 2. The slot numbers that are greater than the device numbers seem to be extraneous, I'm not sure if they are just an mdadm abstraction, or in the kernel internals only.

Now we want to fix up the array. We want to promote both spares to the missing slots. This is the first item that Documentation/md.txt is really wrong it. The description for the slot sysfs node contains: "This can only be set while assembling an array." This is actually wrong, we CAN write to it and fix our array.

# echo 1 >dev-loop2/slot
# echo 3 >dev-loop4/slot
# grep . dev-loop*/slot
# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop4[4] loop2[5] loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/2] [U_U_]

The slot numbers have changed in the mdstat output and the sysfs, but they no longer match at all. The spare marker "(S)" has also vanished. Now we can follow the sysfs docmentation, and force a rebuild using the sync_action node.

In theory, the mdadm daemon, if running, should have detected that the array was degraded and had valid spares, but I don't know why it didn't. Perhaps another bug to trace down later.

# echo repair >sync_action 
(wait a moment)
# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop4[4] loop2[5] loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/2] [U_U_]
      [=============>.......]  recovery = 65.6% (344064/524224) finish=0.1min speed=22937K/sec

The slot numbers still aren't what we set them to, but the array is busy rebuilding still.

# cat /proc/mdstat 
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop4[3] loop2[1] loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/4] [UUUU]

Now that the rebuild is complete, the slot numbers have flipped to their correct values.

Bonus: regular maintenance ideas

While we can regularly check individual disks with the daemon part of smartmontools, issuing short and long disk tests, there is also a way to check entire arrays for consistency.

The only way of doing it with mdadm is to force a rebuild, but that isn't really a nice proposition if it picks a disk that was about to fail as one of the 'good' disks. sysfs to the rescue again, there is a non-destructive way to test an array, and only promote to repair mode if there is an issue.

# echo check >sync_action 
(wait a moment)
# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1] [raid10] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md10 : active raid10 loop4[3] loop2[1] loop3[2] loop1[0]
      1048448 blocks 64K chunks 2 near-copies [4/4] [UUUU]
      [============>........]  check = 62.8% (660224/1048448) finish=0.0min speed=110037K/sec

Either make a cronjob to do it, or put the functionality in mdadm. You can safely issue the check command to multiple md devices at once, the kernel will ensure that it doesn't check array that share the same disks.

Syndicated 2008-09-08 01:15:39 from Move along, nothing to read

Apparently non-existent, but quite real parts: Analog Devices AD2000B

Edit 2008/09/16:

Code fixed now, no specs available yet See my patches here.

Edit 2008/09/05:

A private source that I inquired of indicates that the AD2000B part was only a special run of the AD1989B part. There shouldn't be any functional differences. On the side of a spec sheet, the AD1989B specs should be available "shortly" from Analog Devices.

Original posting:

So in more details to follow, I picked up hardware for a new workstation to replace my G5. The only part of the hardware that isn't working yet, is the digital audio (SPDIF/Toslink) output. My motherboard is an Asus P5Q-Premium, and the specifications claim to have "ADIĀ® AD2000B 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC" as the audio chip. This chip is apparently the successor to the AD1988B chip. The analog audio part works fine, just that I use optical to overcome an interference issue on the run between my computers and my actual working area of my desk (with a small digital decoder and stereo speakers).

Digging around in the ALSA drivers, it just seems I need to find a different set of controls to toggle the digital lines to be outputs or enabled - and that this data would be in the public datasheet, just like previous versions of the chip. I submitted a technical request to Asus a few days ago, with no response yet. I also contacted Analog Devices directly. Their customer support referred me to their application engineers, whom I phoned, and they then proceeded to deny the existence of the chip, and I quote: "It's not in my system, we don't manufacture it." That's really interesting, because I've got it on my motherboard!

Either the divisions of Analog Devices aren't talking, or Asus is using chips from a 3rd party that's ripping off Analog Device's trademark amongst other things.

Here's the text off the chip:

#0816 0.3

I tried to take a photo, but it's really annoying and hard to read, without dis-assembling my machine, which I'd prefer not to do at this point.

However, I did find another photo on the web, of the same area from a review of the motherboard. The Analog Devices logo is also clearly visible after the 'BX' portion of the text. From the photo I could make out:

#0808 0.2

If I had to make a guess about it, the chip is AD2000BX, the second line is the serial number, the third is the year and week of manufacturer, plus the revision of the chip, and the last line is the manufacture location.

If you're from Asus or Analog Devices, and you're reading this, where's the datasheet for the chip? Is it a real ADI part? I simply want the public datasheet like the rest of models so that I can fix digital audio output in Linux myself, and contribute it back to the ALSA project.

P.S. The upstream ALSA bug is here. There's no downstream Gentoo bug.

Syndicated 2008-09-03 21:25:10 from Move along, nothing to read

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