Solaris 9 12/03 Release Notes

Solaris Volume Manager metahs -e Command Fails on Copper Cable Storage Boxes When Failed Hot Spare Disk Has Been Swapped Out (4644106)

The metahs -e command might fail if you encounter the following circumstances:

  1. A hot-spare device encounters a problem, such as an induced error, when using the metaverify test utility.

  2. Solaris Volume Manager software attempts to activate the hot spare when an error occurs on a metadevice. The hot spare is marked broken.

  3. The system is brought down. The failed disk that contains the hot spare is replaced with a new disk at the same location.

  4. When the system is booted, Solaris Volume Manager software does not recognize the new hot spare.

  5. The metahs -e command is used to enable the hot spare on the new disk.

The following message is displayed:

WARNING: md: d0: open error of hotspare (Unavailable)

The failure occurs because the Solaris Volume Manager software does not internally recognize the new hot-spare disk that was swapped into the same physical location. The Solaris Volume Manager software continues to display the device ID of the disk that is no longer in the system.

Note –

This failure is not known to occur on a Photon or storage enclosures where the device number changes when a disk is replaced.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds: