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In the multipath documentation there is a configuration parameter called user_friendly_names with the following definition:
If set to
yes, specifies that the system should use the
/etc/multipath/bindings file to assign a persistent and unique alias to the multipath, in the form of
n. If set to
no, specifies that the system should use use the WWID as the alias for the multipath. In either case, what is specified here will be overridden by any device-specific aliases you specify in the
multipaths section of the configuration file. The default value is
So, what does everyone recommend using? The bindings file or the multipath.conf file? To me it seems easier to use a bindings file and just like the documentation says, you can copy it to all nodes in a cluster to have consistant alias naming for all nodes in a cluster.
Also, what happens if a drive gets replaced and the value of the WWN changes? A multipath.conf entry looks like this and specifies the WWN:
A similar entry in a bindings file would look like this:
So if a drive gets replaced and the WWN changes, do you have to edit these files or is there a command to automatically update the entries?
Thanks in advance for your advice and comments,