Problem with PVE 8.1 and OCFS2 shared storage with io_uring

AZ129

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Hey everyone,
I have problem with OCFS2 shared storage after upgrading one of the cluster nodes from 8.0 to 8.1.
Shared volume was correctly mounted on the upgraded node. VMs could be started, but can't correctly work because file system inside of VM is in read-only mode.
The error messages in syslog of host:
Code:
kernel: (kvm,85106,7):ocfs2_dio_end_io:2423 ERROR: Direct IO failed, bytes = -5
kernel: (kvm,85106,7):ocfs2_dio_end_io:2423 ERROR: Direct IO failed, bytes = -5
kernel: (kvm,85106,7):ocfs2_dio_end_io:2423 ERROR: Direct IO failed, bytes = -5

VM uses SCSI controller in VirtIO SCSI single mode, iothread=1, aio=io_uring.

I've found workaround switching to aio=threads. VMs are work fine now, but I'd be grateful for advices because as far as I know it's not the best setting for performance.
 
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Unfortunately the setup you have is not officially supported, and hence not tested by anyone regularly.

I would check the following things:
Is the "broken" behavior only on 8.1 node? It sounds like you still have 8.0 node in the cluster? If you do, does the VM work when migrated there?
Depending on the outcome of the test above, compare the package versions between the two. Are there any major differences in system, OCFS, kernel versions?
I assume your VM images are in QCOW format? You can experiment with mounting them directly. Another option is to boot VM with aio=threads and add a new disk with aio=io_uring, to see if there is a difference in behavior.

In the end, you may need to perform a meticulous data collection from working and non-working node and then submit the findings in bugzilla.proxmox.com, and perhaps even to the maintainers of the OCFS2. This may be Debian or Ubuntu core maillists. The most helpful information would be a step-by-step reproduction of the issue. For this you may need to install Virtual PVE and record all the changes that lead to broken installation.

Good luck


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Is the "broken" behavior only on 8.1 node?

Yes, all VMs with aio=io_uring on PVE 8.0.4 can work with virtual drives on shared storage without problems. But not on 8.1.4.

Another option is to boot VM with aio=threads and add a new disk with aio=io_uring, to see if there is a difference in behavior

I added new virtual disk with aio=io_uring on the node with PVE 8.0.4 - works fine. Then I migrated running VM to the host with PVE 8.1.4. Writing to the disk with io_uring failed with the same errors in the host log.

Are there any major differences in system, OCFS, kernel versions?

I guess the culprit is the new kernel, because with previous version there are no any problems with OCFS2.
I'll try to update remaining nodes to 8.1.4 and new kernel to check if it helps.
 
If I knew that older version works, but newer doesnt - I wouldnt rush to update everything. But perhaps you have your reasons.
If I were you I'd open a bug here https://bugzilla.proxmox.com/ with detailed description, versions from working and non-working nodes. Configuration details, steps to reproduce the problem. Logs showing a good and bad boot. Etc.



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I have a similar problem. I used the OCSFS2-System to allow the connection to two SAN systems via FC. Currenty, there is only one node connected to the system. It's a fresh install of 8.1.3. I tried the older kernel 6.2.16-19-pve instead of 6.5.11-4-pve but it didn't change anything.

Code:
Feb 02 09:09:01 ve05 kernel: (kworker/3:2,835,3):ocfs2_dio_end_io:2423 ERROR: Direct IO failed, bytes = -11
Feb 02 09:10:10 ve05 kernel: (kworker/3:2,835,3):ocfs2_dio_end_io:2423 ERROR: Direct IO failed, bytes = -11

Similar to AZ129, it helps to set the VMs to thread.
 
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