ganeti-watcher - ganeti cluster watcher
The ganeti-watcher is a periodically run script which is responsible
for keeping the instances in the correct status. It has two separate
functions, one for the master node and another one that runs on every
Its primary function is to try to keep running all instances which are
marked as up in the configuration file, by trying to start them a
limited number of times.
Its other function is to ‘‘repair’’ DRBD links by reactivating the
block devices of instances which have secondaries on nodes that have
The watcher will restart any down daemons that are appropriate for the
In addition, it will execute any scripts which exist under the
‘‘watcher’’ directory in the ganeti hooks directory
(/etc/ganeti/hooks). This should be used for lightweight actions, like
starting any extra daemons.
If the cluster parameter maintain_node_health is enabled, then the
watcher will also shutdown instances and DRBD devices if the node is
declared as offline by known master candidates.
The watcher does synchronous queries but will submit jobs for executing
the changes. Due to locking, it could be that the jobs execute much
later than the watcher executes them.
The command has a state file located at /var/lib/ganeti/watcher.data
(only used on the master) and a log file at
/var/log/ganeti/watcher.log. Removal of either file will not affect
correct operation; the removal of the state file will just cause the
restart counters for the instances to reset to zero.
Report bugs to <URL:http://code.google.com/p/ganeti/> or contact the
developers using the ganeti mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Ganeti overview and specifications: ganeti(7) (general overview),
ganeti-os-interface(7) (guest OS definitions).
Ganeti commands: gnt-cluster(8) (cluster-wide commands), gnt-job(8)
(job-related commands), gnt-node(8) (node-related commands), gnt-
instance(8) (instance commands), gnt-os(8) (guest OS commands), gnt-
backup(8) (instance import/export commands), gnt-debug(8) (debug
Ganeti daemons: ganeti-watcher(8) (automatic instance restarter),
ganeti-cleaner(8) (job queue cleaner), ganeti-noded(8) (node daemon),
ganeti-masterd(8) (master daemon), ganeti-rapi(8) (remote API daemon).
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