[openstack-dev] [nova] top gate bug is libvirt snapshot
Daniel P. Berrange
berrange at redhat.com
Thu Jun 26 11:12:09 UTC 2014
On Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 07:00:32AM -0400, Sean Dague wrote:
> While the Trusty transition was mostly uneventful, it has exposed a
> particular issue in libvirt, which is generating ~ 25% failure rate now
> on most tempest jobs.
> As can be seen here -
> ... the libvirt live_snapshot code is something that our test pipeline
> has never tested before, because it wasn't a new enough libvirt for us
> to take that path.
> Right now it's exploding, a lot -
> Snapshotting gets used in Tempest to create images for testing, so image
> setup tests are doing a decent number of snapshots. If I had to take a
> completely *wild guess*, it's that libvirt can't do 2 live_snapshots at
> the same time. It's probably something that most people haven't hit. The
> wild guess is based on other libvirt issues we've hit that other people
> haven't, and they are basically always a parallel ops triggered problem.
> My 'stop the bleeding' suggested fix is this -
> https://review.openstack.org/#/c/102643/ which just effectively disables
> this code path for now. Then we can get some libvirt experts engaged to
> help figure out the right long term fix.
Yes, this is a sensible pragmatic workaround for the short term until
we diagnose the root cause & fix it.
> I think there are a couple:
> 1) see if newer libvirt fixes this (1.2.5 just came out), and if so
> mandate at some known working version. This would actually take a bunch
> of work to be able to test a non packaged libvirt in our pipeline. We'd
> need volunteers for that.
> 2) lock snapshot operations in nova-compute, so that we can only do 1 at
> a time. Hopefully it's just 2 snapshot operations that is the issue, not
> any other libvirt op during a snapshot, so serializing snapshot ops in
> n-compute could put the kid gloves on libvirt and make it not break
> here. This also needs some volunteers as we're going to be playing a
> game of progressive serialization until we get to a point where it looks
> like the failures go away.
> 3) Roll back to precise. I put this idea here for completeness, but I
> think it's a terrible choice. This is one isolated, previously untested
> (by us), code path. We can't stay on libvirt 0.9.6 forever, so actually
> need to fix this for real (be it in nova's use of libvirt, or libvirt
Yep, since we *never* tested this code path in the gate before, rolling
back to precise would not even really be a fix for the problem. It would
merely mean we're not testing the code path again, which is really akin
to sticking our head in the sand.
> But for right now, we should stop the bleeding, so that nova/libvirt
> isn't blocking everyone else from merging code.
Agreed, we should merge the hack and treat the bug as release blocker
to be resolve prior to Juno GA.
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