[Gluster-infra] Testing watchdog on some nodes

Niels de Vos ndevos at redhat.com
Sun Sep 13 19:50:08 UTC 2015

On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 07:02:38PM +0200, Michael Scherer wrote:
> Le mardi 08 septembre 2015 à 14:56 +0200, Michael Scherer a écrit :
> > Le mardi 08 septembre 2015 à 11:21 +0200, Michael Scherer a écrit :
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > so since some nodes are stuck and likely need a reboot, I will test
> > > using software watchdog on them to reboot when there is a issue as a
> > > stop gap until we find what break them (but breaking is likely to happen
> > > anyway, that's why we have tests)
> > > 
> > > I will take slave21 and 22 as guinea pig, so please do not reboot them
> > > if they are stuck (or if you do, tell me ). If anything weird happen on
> > > them (like reboot during a test, or this kind of stuff, please tell me
> > > too.
> > >
> > > I guess 2 to 3 weeks of tests should be enough to see if we can push
> > > that to other centos 6 slaves.
> > 
> > Seems we are missing a module on centos for the kernel support. So it
> > might be less efficient.
> And slave22 didn't reboot as planned, so watchdog do not seems to work.

If a watchdog inside a VM does not work, it is most likely due to some
kernel issues. You could also try to enable kdump or set some kernel
options, for ideas see 'sysctl -a | grep panic'.

Maybe we can setup a watchdog in Jenkins and trigger the reboot-vm job
(issues a rackspace API, not from within the VM) when the watchdog does
not resond? I've seen an option somewhere to configure Jenkins jobs
according to a schedule... But, maybe it is easier to have SaltStack
monitor and reboot VMs?

The Python script for rebooting VMs and a default configuration file can
be found here:


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