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Old 25th July 2009, 15:01
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OK, I've been playing about with a vmware machine and the following seems to work:

Set up a system with /dev/md0 (sda1 and sdb1) as swap, /dev/md1 (sda2 and sdb2) as /

I used fedora 11
Install bootloader onto both drives

Boot as normal
Check status:
cat /proc/mdstat
prove that both disks used

Make a marker file:
touch /BOTH

Now fail drive B before we pretend to do upgrade

mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --fail /dev/sdb1
mdadm --manage /dev/md1 --fail /dev/sdb2
mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --remove /dev/sdb1
mdadm --manage /dev/md1 --remove /dev/sdb2

now do our pretend upgrade we just create a file we recognise

touch /UPGRADE

cat /proc/mdstat
and show that only drive A present

reboot to check again that only drive A used and / contains UPGRADE
cat /proc/mdstat
ls /

Now lets back out the upgrade

Boot from opensuse 11.1 liveCD
cat /proc/mdstat to show we still have only one drive used (A)

Let mount it to prove we currently have the upgraded system

mkdir /mnt/temp
mount /dev/md1 /mnt/temp
ls /mnt/temp
should show the UPGRADE file we created earlier so we know we are on the new upgraded system

unmount it again:
umount /dev/md1

now lets delete the md drives

mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --fail /dev/sda1
mdadm --manage /dev/md1 --fail /dev/sda2
mdadm --manage --stop /dev/md0
mdadm --manage --stop /dev/md1

cat /proc/mdstat will show nothing as we dont now have md drives

Now lets rebuild against B drive (the old data we want to restore)

mdadm --assemble /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1
mdadm --assemble /dev/md1 /dev/sdb2
mdadm --manage --run /dev/md0
mdadm --manage --run /dev/md1

Now cat /proc/mdstat shows the drive built with sdb

Mount and check that it is the old, non upgraded system:

mount /dev/md1 /mnt/temp
ls /mnt/temp
DOESNT have the UPGRADE file created earlier so we are back before the upgrade

we can also see with mdadm --detail /dev/md1

Now we need to blank off the A DISK otherwise it seems to automatically get added back into array on reboot, and appears to take presidence again.

mdadm --zero-superblock /dev/sda1
mdadm --zero-superblock /dev/sda2

Now reboot into system as normal

ls /
will show that we still dont have an UPGRADE file so we are on the old system as desired

cat /proc/mdstat will show that we are still using sdb only for the arrays

So we can now add the A drives back in:
mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --add /dev/sda1
mdadm --manage /dev/md1 --add /dev/sda2
Which will do a full rebuild of A drives (check progress with watch cat /proc/mdstat)

Do we now need to redo grub installation? I'm not sure but probably should to be safe
grub install etc etc

Now one final reboot to ensure we are all done.
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