creating many volumes results in a few volumes failing to create and be ready for instances

Bug #1957848 reported by Syed Mohammad Adnan Karim
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OpenStack Cinder Charm
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Bug Description

In a focal-ussuri cloud when I created 100 cirros tiny instances and I had 3 failed instances.
The cinder-volume logs show (
|__Flow 'volume_create_manager': cinder.exception.ImageCopyFailure: Failed to copy image to volume: The device in the path /dev/dm-25 is unavailable: Unable to access the backend storage via the path /dev/dm-25.
nova-logs show the typical too many retries error and nothing in glance

the other instance/volume failures have a similar message with a different value (dm-21 and dm-28)
there is no CEPH only pure storage and glance is a single instance with local file storage in this environment.

when I turned on debug, it revealed a new error around 6 minutes before the failed instance/volume creation:
ERROR oslo_service.periodic_task oslo_messaging.exceptions.MessageDeliveryFailure: Unable to connect to AMQP server on after inf tries: Basic.publish: (404) NO
T_FOUND - no exchange 'cinder-scheduler_fanout' in vhost 'openstack'
some kind of rabbitmq error
I was not able to reproduce this error message though

Also when I tried to create 50 focal small instances, I had 4 failed instances and also found this error (
os_brick.exception.VolumePathNotRemoved: Volume path ['/dev/sdak'] was not removed in time.
could be related to os-brick

Revision history for this message
Billy Olsen (billy-olsen) wrote :

Okay, after some further investigation - the pure storage backend used in this scenario should not be using the slow path volume copy when an instance is booted from an image backed by a cinder volume.

The slow path is taken for backends that cannot do an efficient clone (pure storage can), but only if allowed_direct_url_schemes in the cinder.conf is set and includes the 'cinder' label [0] - which it does not by default and that logic was not added as part of the Cinder backend for Glance enablement. I do not think it hurts to include this option by default.

[0] -

        # Try and clone the image if we have it set as a glance location.
        if not cloned and 'cinder' in CONF.allowed_direct_url_schemes:
            model_update, cloned = self._clone_image_volume(context,

tags: added: good-first-bug
Changed in charm-cinder:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Nishant Dash (dash3)
Changed in charm-cinder:
assignee: nobody → Nishant Dash (dash3)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Nishant Dash (dash3)
Changed in charm-cinder:
assignee: Nishant Dash (dash3) → nobody
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