[Gluster-devel] Dht readdir filtering out names

Raghavendra Gowdappa rgowdapp at redhat.com
Fri Sep 30 03:43:30 UTC 2016

dht_readdirp_cbk has different behaviour for directories and files.

1. If file, pick the dentry (passed from subvols as part of readdirp response) if the it corresponds to data file.
2. If directory pick the dentry if readdirp response is from hashed-subvol.

In all other cases, the dentry is skipped and not passed to higher layers/application. To elaborate, the dentries which are ignored are:
1. dentries corresponding to linkto files.
2. dentries from non-hashed subvols corresponding to directories.

Since the behaviour is different for different filesystem objects, dht needs ia_type to choose its behaviour.

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pranith Kumar Karampuri" <pkarampu at redhat.com>
> To: "Shyam Ranganathan" <srangana at redhat.com>, "Raghavendra Gowdappa" <rgowdapp at redhat.com>, "Nithya Balachandran"
> <nbalacha at redhat.com>
> Cc: "Gluster Devel" <gluster-devel at gluster.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 8:39:28 AM
> Subject: Dht readdir filtering out names
> hi,
>        In dht_readdirp_cbk() there is a check about skipping files without
> ia_type. Could you help me understand why this check is added? There are
> times when users have to delete gfid of the entries and trigger something
> like 'find . | xargs stat' to heal the gfids. This case would fail if we
> skip entries without gfid, if the lower xlators don't send stat information
> for them.

Probably we can make readdirp_cbk not rely on ia_type and pass _all_ dentries received by subvols to application without filtering. However we should make this behaviour optional and use this only for recovery setups. If we don't rely on ia_type (during non error scenarios), applications end up seeing duplicate dentries in readdir listing.

> --
> Pranith


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