[Gluster-devel] Is it possible to turn an existing filesystem (with data) into a GlusterFS brick ?
Pranith Kumar Karampuri
pkarampu at redhat.com
Fri Nov 11 14:32:49 UTC 2016
On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 8:01 PM, Pranith Kumar Karampuri <
pkarampu at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 6:24 PM, Saravanakumar Arumugam <
> sarumuga at redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 11/11/2016 06:03 PM, Sander Eikelenboom wrote:
>>> I was wondering if it would be possible to turn an existing filesystem
>>> with data
>>> (ext4 with files en dirs) into a GlusterFS brick ?
>> It is not possible, at least I am not aware about any such solution yet.
>>> I can't find much info about it except the following remark at  which
>>> to indicate it is not possible yet:
>>> Data import tool
>>> Create a tool which will allow importing already existing data
>>> in the brick
>>> directories into the gluster volume.
>>> This is most likely going to be a special rebalance process.
>>> So that would mean i would always have to:
>>> - first create an GlusterFS brick on an empty filesystem
>>> - after that copy all the data into the mounted GlusterFS brick
>>> - never ever copy something into the filesystem (or manipulate it
>>> used as a GlusterFS brick directly (without going through a GlusterFS
>>> client mount)
>>> because there is no checking / healing between GlusterFS's view on the
>>> data and the data in the
>>> underlying brick filesystem ?
>>> Is this a correct view ?
>>> you are right !
>> Once the data is copied into Gluster, it internally creates meta-data
>> about data(file/dir).
>> Unless you copy it via Gluster mount point, it is NOT possible to create
>> such meta-data.
> No, it is possible. You just need to be a bit creative.
> Could you let me know how many such bricks you have which you want to
> convert to glusterfs. It seems like you want replication as well. So if you
> give me all this information. With your help may be we can at least come up
> with a document on how this can be done.
Once the import is complete, whatever you are saying about not touching the
brick directly and doing everything from the mount point holds. But we can
definitely convert an existing ext4 directory structure into a volume.
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