Possible Bug With Latest 7.3 Installer, Md RAID1, And SATADOM.

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I’m seeing a problem that I think maybe a bug with the mdraid software on the latest CentOS installer. I have a couple of new supermicro servers and each system has two innodisk 32GB SATADOM‘s that are experiencing the same issue. I used the latest CentOS-7-x86_64-1611 to install to the two SATADOM’s a simple RAID1 for the root. The install goes just fine but when I boot off the new install I see one of two behaviours. It either hangs at boot, or boots fine but I start getting errors when using the system. For example it will give me the following error if I try to run yum update.

error: rpmdb: damaged header #6 retrieved — skipping.

It will just hang giving that error over and over. I have to use a different login session to kill it or reboot. It doesn’t even log anything to journelctl or /var/log/messages. At first I thought either the hardware was the issue(sata port, controller, SATADOM, etc). However, I do not see any issues if I don’t try to raid the disks. Setting either of the SATADOM’s up as a single system drive works just fine. It does not matter if I choose xfs or ext4 for the filesystem when I try to RAID them either. Making an md RAID1 out of the two disks with 7.3 installer is the only combination I see this issue with. If I use the previous 7.2 installer(CentOS-7-x86_64-1511) I don’t see the problem at all. I can run yum update, reboot, and everything is still ok. I should also point out that I tested the CentOS 7.3 installer creating a md RAID1 system drive using two regular spinning hard drives and that worked just fine. I was wondering if anyone else has seen something similar or can confirm th is problem before I submit it as a real bug..

TL/DR. Two different supermicro servers, both using innodisk 32GB SATADOM’s and latest CentOS 7.3 installer to create a RAID1 system results in freezes and weird errors. Using the CentOS 7.2 installer works fine.

David Miller.

2 thoughts on - Possible Bug With Latest 7.3 Installer, Md RAID1, And SATADOM.

  • Is there a reason you are not using the built in controller to RAID the SATADOMs?

    As I remember on SuperMicro there are two controllers.

  • It requires additional software to monitor the hardware RAID. CentOS can monitor the health of the drives and the mdRAID. It is trivial to setup postfix to relay through my mail gateway so both smartd and md will send me an email as soon as it sees an issue. Relying on a hardware raid card is just one more point of failure. I only get HBA cards and let Linux handle it. On top of that I can move the drives to any other system and it will still work.

    David Miller.