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    Phase II in disk state saving for swapout. · ed0d25b4
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    Exec summary: after this checkin, the infrastructure exists (once enabled)
    to create swapout-time "delta" images for all machines in experiments.
    There is only a single, cumulative swap image per node (i.e., all diffs
    are from the base image, not from the previous swap).
    
    What doesn't yet exist, is the mechanism for reloading the delta at
    swapin time.  That is Phase III.
    
    The nitty-gritty:
    
    1. Keep disk image signature files for all nodes in an experiment.
    
       New fields in the DB to track, for each disk partition, what image the
       partition was loaded from.  This enables us at swapin or os_load time to
       create signature files in /proj/<pid>/exp/<eid>/swapinfo for the current
       contents of a node disk/partition.  All nodes with the same image loaded
       will share (via symlink) the same signature file.  TODO: no longer
       referenced signature files should be removed.
    
       Signature info is only collected in the swapinfo directory if the
       experiment is set to have disk state saving enabled (see #5 below).
       Info consists of the <vname>.sig file, which is the file created
       by imagehash, and <vname>.part which says what the root disk is
       for the node and whether to look at the whole disk or just a single
       partition when crafting the delta image.
    
    2. Swapout-time hook for creating swapout image.
    
       If the experiment is marked as allowing disk state saving, tbswap
       will arrange to run and then monitor the create-swapimage command
       on each node.  This script will run the modified version of imagezip
       which uses the signature file to create a delta image.
    
       The command to run and maximum timeout are specified via sitevars
       (previously checked in).  Note that the tbswap script currently has
       special knowledge of /usr/local/bin/create-swapimage as a swapout
       time script.  If the swap/swapout_command sitevar is set to that,
       Magic Stuff shall occur (i.e. it will monitor the command and make
       periodic reports of progress).  The sitevars are a total hack and
       will disappear at some point.
    
    3. Client-side script for creating swapout image.
    
       os/create-swapimage, very similar to create-image.  Uses the info
       stashed in /proj/..blahblah../swapinfo to create a delta image.
    
       XXX fer now hack: the script first looks in /proj/<pid>/bin for an
       imagezip binary to use.  Failing that, it uses the one in the MFS.
       This allows for easier development of the imagezip changes (i.e.,
       don't have to update the MFS every time.
    
    4. Auto creation of signature files for new images.
    
       The create_image script (the one that runs on boss when creating images
       for users) has been modified to automatically create a signature via
       imagehash.  The .sig file winds up in /usr/testbed/images/sigs or
       in /proj/<pid>/images/sigs.  From there it will be copied at swapin/os_load
       time to the per-expt swapinfo directory for any node that uses the images.
    
       The process for creating standard system images (aka, "Mike") has not
       yet been modified.  When the image creation/installation procedure
       is formalized into a script, this will be done.
    
    5. Web changes to set/clear saving of disk state at swapout time.
    
       Add a checkbox to the experiment create page to allow setting "save
       swap state".  Also added to the experiment modify page, but currently
       "if (0)"ed out as it will need some additional support.  The showstuff
       page will show it.
    
       Taking a page from Leigh's hack book, if EXPOSESTATESAVE in defs.php3
       is set to zero (as it is now), then the checkbox doesn't appear in the
       create experiment page except for STUDLY users.
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