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6.3.5 Configuring the Behavior of Fenced Nodes

If a node with a mounted OCFS2 volume believes that it is no longer in contact with the other cluster nodes, it removes itself from the cluster in a process termed fencing. Fencing prevents other nodes from hanging when they try to access resources held by the fenced node. By default, a fenced node restarts instead of panicking so that it can quickly rejoin the cluster. Under some circumstances, you might want a fenced node to panic instead of restarting. For example, you might want to use netconsole to view the oops stack trace or to diagnose the cause of frequent reboots. To configure a node to panic when it next fences, run the following command on the node after the cluster starts:

# echo panic > /sys/kernel/config/cluster/cluster_name/fence_method

where cluster_name is the name of the cluster. To set the value after each reboot of the system, add this line to /etc/rc.local. To restore the default behavior, use the value reset instead of panic.