linux - Ubuntu raid configuration lost after reboot

  • axel22

    I have a JMicron raid controller on the motherboard, and I have a menu in which I can set RAID arrays when the system boots. I've set it to RAID-1 and added my two identical 2TB disks (the OS disk is separate).

    In Ubuntu, in the Disk Utility, I could see these 2 hard disks and I could see an additional entry under Peripheral devices which was a 2TB disk. I assumed that this is some sort of a virtual view over my RAID array.

    I used the Format Volume option to format (NTFS) the 2TB disk listed under Peripheral devices. It appeared as a mounted device in the /media/data_raid. I've copied most of the files there and it worked fine.

    I've rebooted the system, and now I suddenly see an additional 3 disks in peripheral devices, which doesn't make sense. Also, I can no longer mount the /media/data_raid - clicking on it in Gnome yields the following error message.

    "One or more block devices are holding /dev/dm-0"

    This is how things look in Disk Utility:

    the original drive

    the newly appeared drive

    There are additional 3 entries in /dev/mapper for some reason:

    ~$ ls -l /dev/mapper
    total 0
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 236 2012-05-01 20:01 control
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root       7 2012-05-01 20:15 isw_bjcjaghhjj_DATA -> ../dm-0
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root       7 2012-05-01 20:01 isw_bjcjaghhjj_DATA1 -> ../dm-1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root       7 2012-05-01 20:01 isw_bjcjaghhjj_DATA2 -> ../dm-2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root       7 2012-05-01 20:01 isw_bjcjaghhjj_DATA3 -> ../dm-3

    Can you help me resolve this issue and obtain access to my RAID array again?

    Thank you.


    There is no mdadm.conf in /etc/.

    In /etc/fstab/:

    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=8e466cac-6543-48dc-aedf-ce378375053b /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation
    UUID=f80e449c-4212-45e6-939c-f16a55ae8ad5 none            swap    sw              0       0
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  • TRS-80

    Add MAILADDR [email protected] to /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf, then /etc/init.d/mdadm restart or it'll just start on next boot. There's also a munin plugin if you're running munin with email alerts.

  • 8088

    I found a nice tip closely related to my question, and wanted to share it:

    TomTheGeek: Pop up notification of software RAID problems in Ubuntu

    It's not about email notifications, but as the blog post says, pop-up notifications (like in screenshot below) might be even better when we're talking about a workstation.

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    I'll summarise the main points here (in case that blog ever disappears). This uses notify-send, so you need to install notification-daemon package. Basically you add this in /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf (along with MAILADDR):

    # display local notification
    PROGRAM /usr/sbin/

    ...and the script should be something like:

    #get dbus session
    eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session`
    #show alert
    /usr/bin/notify-send -u critical -c device.error -i /usr/share/icons/Human/32x32/status/dialog-warning.png -t 0 "RAID Status" "<b>$2</b>: $1" -h int:x:1250 -h int:y:20
  • Abhinav

    You could write a cron job to scrape the output above and send a mail if something is wrong.