[Gluster-users] GlusterFS 3.1.1 - local volume mount

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Thu Dec 9 22:38:35 UTC 2010

On Thu, 9 Dec 2010 at 4:29pm, Jacob Shucart wrote

> That is correct.  If at the time you try to mount the volume the server is
> down, then you won't be able to mount the volume in the first place.  If
> this is a concern, you can set up something like ucarp to handle IP
> failover so your mount command will work, but usually mounting is
> something that is not done frequently, right?  Or you could have a round
> robin DNS entry that points to all of your storage nodes so that your
> mount command is essentially hitting a different server each time.

I'll have several hundred clients which reboot at random times (cluster 
nodes which get kernel updates and then reboot when the jobs running on 
them have finished, as well as the usual hardware maintenance on random 
nodes), so it's better not having to worry whether or not a particular 
gluster server is down at any point in time.  It's also a bit of a bummer 
that, for this particular situation, the deprecated volume file approach 
is more robust than the recommended one.  I do understand that there are 
other advantages, though.

Since I don't do DNS on the cluster, I'll have to look into ucarp.  Thanks 
for the info.

Joshua Baker-LePain
QB3 Shared Cluster Sysadmin

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