[Gluster-devel] Cloudsync with AFR

Vijay Bellur vbellur at redhat.com
Thu Sep 13 03:58:11 UTC 2018

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 6:49 PM Anuradha Talur <atalur at commvault.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> We recently started testing cloudsync xlator on a replica volume.
> And we have noticed a few issues. We would like some advice on how to
> proceed with them.
> 1) As we know, when stubbing a file cloudsync uses mtime of files to
> decide whether a file should be truncated or not.
> If the mtime provided as part of the setfattr operation is lesser than the
> current mtime of the file on brick, stubbing isn't completed.
> This works fine in a plain distribute volume. But in case of a replica
> volume, the mtime could be different for the files on each of the replica
> brick.
> During our testing we came across the following scenario for a replica 3
> volume with 3 bricks:
>     We performed `setfattr -n "trusted.glusterfs.csou.complete" -v m1
> file1` from our gluster mount to stub the files.
>     It so happened that on brick1 this operation succeeded and truncated
> file1 as it should have. But on brick2 and brick3, mtime found on file1
>     was greater than m1, leading to failure there.
>     From AFR's perspective this operation failed as a whole because quorum
> could not be met. But on the brick where this setxattr succeeded,
> truncate was already performed. So now we have one of the replica bricks
> out of sync and AFR has no awareness of this. This file needs to be rolled
> back to its state before the
> setfattr.
> Ideally, it appears that we should add intelligence in AFR to handle this. How
> do you suggest we do that?
> The case is also applicable to EC volumes of course.
> 2) Given that cloudsync depends on mtime to make the decision of
> truncating, how do we ensure that we don't end up in this situation again?

Thank you for your feedback.

At the outset it looks like these problems can be addressed by enabling
consistent attributes feature in posix [1]. Can you please enable that
option and re-test these cases?


[1] https://review.gluster.org/#/c/19267/8/doc/features/ctime.md
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