HEALTH_ERR resulted from a bad sector
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K.C. Wong
2018-02-08 00:35:29 UTC
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Our Ceph cluster entered into that HEALTH_ERR last week.
We’re running Infernalis and that was the first time I’ve seen
it in that state. Even when OSD instances dropped off we’ve
only seen HEALTH_WARN. The output of `ceph status` looks
like this:

[***@r01u02-b ~]# ceph status
cluster ed62b3b9-be4a-4ce2-8cd3-34854aa8d6c2
1 pgs inconsistent
1 scrub errors
monmap e1: 3 mons at {r01u01-a=,r01u02-b=,r01u03-c=}
election epoch 900, quorum 0,1,2 r01u01-a,r01u02-b,r01u03-c
mdsmap e744: 1/1/1 up {0=r01u01-a=up:active}, 2 up:standby
osdmap e533858: 48 osds: 48 up, 48 in
flags sortbitwise
pgmap v47571404: 3456 pgs, 14 pools, 16470 GB data, 18207 kobjects
33056 GB used, 56324 GB / 89381 GB avail
3444 active+clean
8 active+clean+scrubbing+deep
3 active+clean+scrubbing
1 active+clean+inconsistent
client io 1535 kB/s wr, 23 op/s

I tracked down the inconsistent PG and found that one of pair
of OSDs had kernel log messages like these:

[1773723.509386] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[1773723.509390] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
[1773723.509394] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
[1773723.509398] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] CDB: Read(10) 28 00 01 4c 1b a0 00 00 08 00
[1773723.509401] blk_update_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 21765025

Replacing the disk on that OSD server eventually fix the
problem, but it took a long time to get out of the error

[***@r01u01-a ~]# ceph status
cluster ed62b3b9-be4a-4ce2-8cd3-34854aa8d6c2
61 pgs backfill
2 pgs backfilling
1 pgs inconsistent
1 pgs repair
63 pgs stuck unclean
recovery 5/37908099 objects degraded (0.000%)
recovery 1244055/37908099 objects misplaced (3.282%)
1 scrub errors
monmap e1: 3 mons at {r01u01-a=,r01u02-b=,r01u03-c=}
election epoch 920, quorum 0,1,2 r01u01-a,r01u02-b,r01u03-c
mdsmap e759: 1/1/1 up {0=r01u02-b=up:active}, 2 up:standby
osdmap e534536: 48 osds: 48 up, 48 in; 63 remapped pgs
flags sortbitwise
pgmap v47590337: 3456 pgs, 14 pools, 16466 GB data, 18205 kobjects
33085 GB used, 56295 GB / 89381 GB avail
5/37908099 objects degraded (0.000%)
1244055/37908099 objects misplaced (3.282%)
3385 active+clean
61 active+remapped+wait_backfill
6 active+clean+scrubbing+deep
2 active+remapped+backfilling
1 active+clean+scrubbing+deep+inconsistent+repair
1 active+clean+scrubbing
client io 2720 kB/s wr, 16 op/s

Here’s what I’m curious about:

* How did a bad sector resulted in more damage to the Ceph
cluster than a few downed OSD servers?
* Is this issue addressed in later releases? I’m in the
middle of setting up a Jewel instance.
* What can be done to avoid the `HEALTH_ERR` state in similar
failure scenarios? Increasing the default pool size from 2
to 3?

Many thanks for any input/insight you may have.


K.C. Wong
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