6.3.6. Preserving the Configuration
By default, changes made by the
mdadm command only apply to the current session, and will not survive a system restart. At boot time, the
mdmonitor service reads the content of the
/etc/mdadm.conf configuration file to see which RAID devices to start. If the software RAID was configured during the graphical installation process, this file contains directives listed in Table 6.1, “Common mdadm.conf directives” by default.
Table 6.1. Common mdadm.conf directives
Allows you to identify a particular array.
Allows you to specify a list of devices to scan for a RAID component (for example, “/dev/hda1”). You can also use the keyword
partitions to use all partitions listed in
containers to specify an array container.
|Allows you to specify an email address to use in case of an alert.
To list what
ARRAY lines are presently in use regardless of the configuration, run the following command as
Use the output of this command to determine which lines to add to the
/etc/mdadm.conf file. You can also display the
ARRAY line for a particular device:
By redirecting the output of this command, you can add such a line to the configuration file with a single command:
Example 6.6. Preserving the configuration
By default, the
/etc/mdadm.conf contains the software RAID configuration created during the system installation:
# mdadm.conf written out by anaconda DEVICE partitions MAILADDR root ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=49c5ac74:c2b79501:5c28cb9c:16a6dd9f ARRAY /dev/md1 level=raid0 num-devices=2 UUID=76914c11:5bfa2c00:dc6097d1:a1f4506d ARRAY /dev/md2 level=raid0 num-devices=2 UUID=2b5d38d0:aea898bf:92be20e2:f9d893c5
Assuming you have created the
/dev/md3 device as shown in Example 6.2, “Creating a new RAID device”, you can make it persistent by running the following command:
mdadm --detail --brief /dev/md3 >> /etc/mdadm.conf