Given the Pacemaker/Corosync resource configuration described below, is it possible to add a resource in a specific position within the resource group? The configuration is CentOS 7.2 using the RHEL-supplied clustering add-ons.

This is a NFS server cluster, and Pacemaker handles the NFS daemon, volumes, exports, virtual-IP and NFS client notification.

When I want to add an NFS mount (exportfs resource) to the cluster setup, it ends up listed after the nfs-notify resource. This breaks the cluster in ugly ways.

I've found the rudimentary pcs resource order commands, which seem to allow specifying resource X needs to run before resource Y, but that's not scalable.

Is this possible?

[root@zfs1-node1 ~]# pcs status
Cluster name: zfs1
Last updated: Tue Jan  5 04:09:11 2016      Last change: Tue Jan  5 04:08:15 2016 by root via cibadmin on zfs1-node1
Stack: corosync
Current DC: zfs1-node1 (version 1.1.13-10.el7-44eb2dd) - partition with quorum
2 nodes and 9 resources configured

Online: [ zfs1-node1 zfs1-node2 ]

Full list of resources:

 fence-vol1 (stonith:fence_scsi):   Started zfs1-node1
 Resource Group: group-vol1
     vol1   (ocf::heartbeat:ZFS):   Started zfs1-node1
     nfs-daemon (ocf::heartbeat:nfsserver): Started zfs1-node1
     nfsinfo    (ocf::heartbeat:exportfs):  Started zfs1-node1
     vol1-management    (ocf::heartbeat:exportfs):  Started zfs1-node1
     vol1-ppro-mirrors  (ocf::heartbeat:exportfs):  Started zfs1-node1
     vol1-staging   (ocf::heartbeat:exportfs):  Started zfs1-node1
     ip-vol1    (ocf::heartbeat:IPaddr2):   Started zfs1-node1
     nfs-notify (ocf::heartbeat:nfsnotify): Started zfs1-node1

PCSD Status:
  zfs1-node1: Online
  zfs1-node2: Online

Daemon Status:
  corosync: active/enabled
  pacemaker: active/enabled
  pcsd: active/enabled
  • You aren't using any ordering at all up until now?
    – gxx
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:13
  • No, the cluster resources were added in the right order initially.
    – ewwhite
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:14
  • Would it be sufficient for your to insert your new resource at the right "place"? Do you've got crm available (or could install it)?
    – gxx
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:18
  • I've got no pcs available, so I'm not sure, if this is possible as well, but using crm configure edit you would be able to directly edit the config. Keep an eye for line-breaks (marked via "\" (correct formatting doesn't work)) and indentation etc. I've just searched if pcs provides such an feature as well, but didn't found anything so far.
    – gxx
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:26
  • Did this help? (....................)
    – gxx
    Jan 5, 2016 at 18:14

1 Answer 1


You can use the cibadmin utility to query the Pacemaker configuration, move the primitives around accordingly within the <group id="group-vol1"></group> tags, and then push the new config back into Pacemaker.

The process would look something like this:

# cibadmin --query > /tmp/cib.xml
# vi /tmp/cib.xml
# cibadmin --replace --xml-file /tmp/cib.xml

When you edit cib.xml in vi, you will see your group defined by tags like this:
<group id="group-vol1"> *primitives within the group will go here* </group>

All the primitives will be defined inside of the group tags. They will look like this (ZFS primitive for example:
<primitive id="vol1" class="ocf" provider="heartbeat" type="ZFS"> *attributes and operations will go here* </primitive>

Move the primitives around as you'd like them to be ordered; top first, bottom last. Push the changes into Pacemaker, and you should be good.

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