[Gluster-devel] [Gluster-users] Evergrowing distributed volume question

Strahil Nikolov hunter86_bg at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 19 17:12:07 UTC 2021

As gluster does not have metadata server, the client:s identify the brick via a special algorithm based on the file/dir name.
Each brick corresponds to a 'range' of hashes , thus when you add a new brick, you always need to rebalance the volume.
Best Regards,Strahil Nikolov

A while ago I attempted and failed to maintain an "evergrowing" storage 
solution based on GlusterFS.
I was relying on a distributed non-replicated volume to host backups and 
so on, in the idea that when it was close to full I would just add 
another brick (server) and keep it going like that.
In reality what happened was that many of the writes were distributed to 
the brick that was (in time) full, ending up with "out of space" errors, 
despite having one or more bricks with plenty of space.

Can anyone advise whether current Glusterfs behaviour has improved in 
this regard, ie does it check if a brick is full and redirect the 
"write" to one that is not?


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