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+Subject: ANNOUNCE: mdadm 3.2 - A tool for managing Soft RAID under Linux (DEVEL ONLY)
+I am pleased to announce the availability of
+ mdadm version 3.2
+It is available at the usual places:
+ countrycode=xx.
+ http://www.${countrycode}
+and via git at
+ git:// devel-3.2
+This is a "Developers only" release. Please don't consider using it
+or making it available to others without reading the following.
+By far the most significant change in this release related to the
+management of reshaping arrays. This code has been substantially
+re-written so that it can work with 'externally managed metadata' -
+Intel's IMSM in particular. We now support level migration and
+OnLine Capacity Expansion on these arrays.
+However, while the code largely works it has not been tested
+exhaustively so there are likely to be problems. As the reshape code
+for native metadata arrays was changed as part of this rewrite these
+problems could also result in regressions for reshape of native
+It is partly to encourage greater testing that this release is being
+made. Any reports of problem - particular reproducible recipes for
+triggering the problems - will be gratefully received.
+It is hopped that a "3.2.1" release will be available in early March
+which will be a bugfix release over this and can be considered
+suitable for general use.
+Other changes of note:
+ - Policy framework.
+ Various policy statements can be made in the mdadm.conf to guide
+ the behaviour of mdadm, particular with regards to how new devices
+ are treated by "mdadm -I".
+ Depending on the 'action' associated with a device (identified by
+ its 'path') such need devices can be automatically re-added to and
+ existing array that they previously fell out off, or automatically
+ added as a spare if they appear to contain no data.
+ - mdadm now has a limited understanding of partition tables. This
+ allows the policy framework to make decisions about partitioned
+ devices as well.
+ - --incremental --remove can be told what --path the device was on,
+ and this info will be recorded so that another device appearing at
+ the same physical location can be preferentially added to the same
+ array (provides the spare-same-slot action policy applied to the
+ path).
+ - A new flags "--invalid-backup" flag is available in --assemble
+ mode. This can be used to re-assemble an array which was stopping
+ in the middle of a reshape, and for which the 'backup file' is no
+ longer available or is corrupted. The array may have some
+ corruption in it at the point where reshape was up to, but at least
+ the rest of the array will become available.
+ - Various internal restructuring - more is needed.
+Any feed back and bug reports are always welcomed at:
+And please: don't use this in production - particularly not the
+--grow functionality.
+NeilBrown 1st February 2011