[Gluster-users] Gluster 3.1: Newbie First Steps Questions

Craig Carl craig at gluster.com
Fri Nov 12 06:33:59 UTC 2010

Jens - 
Please don't think we've forgotten your feddback, I am updating the document here - http://download.gluster.com/pub/gluster/systems-engineering/Introduction_to_Gluster.pdf for Gluster 3.1 and with the information you requested. As soon as I have draft ready I'll send it to you, if you could give me some feedback I would really appreciate it. 


Craig Carl 

Gluster, Inc. 
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From: "Jens Mueller" <supidupi007 at googlemail.com> 
To: gluster-users at gluster.org 
Sent: Friday, November 5, 2010 9:10:12 PM 
Subject: [Gluster-users] Gluster 3.1: Newbie First Steps Questions 


first of all. Gluster seems to be an absolutely great product. Easy to use 
and very very helpfull in what it does. 

But I am a newbie starting with version 3.1. I read the whole documentation 
in the wiki but still do not know what to do: 

1.) Where are the concepts of Gluster explained? I did not find anything: 
What exaclty are "bricks", what exactly are "volumes", what are "exports" 
and so on. It would be kind of someone can explain them to me. => This would 
be a great aswer for the wiki, too!! 

2.) I installed gluster as described on the wiki... What are the files in 
/etc/glusterfs for: Namely glusterd.vol glusterfsd.vol.sample 
Are they sample samples for glusterd.vol or are they dedicated files (they 
are named other with the "fs" in the name) that get loaded by another 
What do the sections 

volume management 
volume brick 
volume server 
stand for? Interestingly the default install will only create the first 
section "volumen management". Are the latter ones created by some CLI 
management programs or can they only be edited manually? 

3.) Where is a list of Parameters that describes all the settings in these 
config files? (I want and need to install it on the command line, not the 
GUI you provide) 

4.) What do I need to do to install the "server", when NOT using the GUI 
installer. Is it sufficient only editing the forementioned glusterd.vol 
config file? Or do I need to install any other programs? I only installed : 
its nowhere explained what the so called "Storage Plattform" (the other 
download provided) does: Is the "Storate Plattform Downlaod" only the GUI to 
administer a "Server"? Or does the respective download also include the 
"command line server /daemon"? As decribed above, I downloaded and 
installed the debian package but I do not know if this package also 
contained the server AND the client or only the client. 

Help would be very much appreciated. All my questions will help newbies to 
get up started quickly. 


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