I'm in a situation in which I'm having to bone up on a bunch of VxVM
stuff w/o access to a system: doing it all by reading Veritas manuals
and SunOS/VxVM man-pages on the web, and taking notes (which helps me
learn). A few weeks ago, I looked for Veritas-dedicated Usenet groups
and found none (on Google groups); so, I'm sending to y'all in the hope
that a bunch of VxVM experts contribute here. If you think there's a
better place for me to ask my VxVM questions, please let me know.
One big catch, to my studying the way I am, is the typical
inconsistencies in the ways the documentation-writers have expressed
the various concepts and meanings of things, plus the holes (the things
they mostly or completely leave out). Right now, here's the thing
that's bothering me most:
Looking at the VxVM-3.5 Admin Guide (PDF) and at the vxmend(1M) and
vxplex(1M) man-pages from docs.sun.com, it is *VERY* unclear as to the
distinction between "detaching a plex", as with the command "vxplex det
<plex_name>", and "offlining a plex", as with the command "vxmend off
<plex_name>". It is clear that the latter changes the plex's "STATE"
(vxprint output) to "OFFLINE" but it is *not* clear that the former
does not also do so, or, if not, what "STATE" the former does change
the STATE to.
I *do* understand about following up "vxmend off" (STATE set to
OFFLINE) with "vxplex att" (STATE set to STALE) and then "vxvol start"
(by hand or during reboot) to get the plex back up & running with the
rest of its volume's components. But would/could I ever use "vxmend
off" and "vxplex det" for precisely the same situation and intentions,
or must I use "vxmend off" for one set of situations and "vxplex att"
for a completely different set of situations; or are some situations
different and others overlap?
TIA for anybody's help with this!!!
John Reed Avery