[Gluster-users] Using volumes during fix-layout after add/remove-brick

Amar Tumballi amar at gluster.com
Mon Aug 8 05:17:31 UTC 2011

Hi Dan,

It should be completely safe to use a volume while fix-layout is going on
after add-brick.

Even in case of fix-layout after remove brick, there is no harm in using
volume while fix-layout is going on, but the issue is, the new entry creates
(like creat(),mkdir(),mknod(),symlink() etc) would fail if its parent path
has not yet undergone 'fix-layout'. If your application is creating a new
directory for its operation, you can surely have a working volume while
fix-layout operations are going on.

About the number of entries shown as extra, it is an issue with rebalance
operation as such because the 'readdir()' operation happens on a directory
while its layout gets fixed, hence the way the 'offset' is calculated
internally may differ, and hence we would end up reading the same entry
again some times.


On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM, Dan Bretherton <d.a.bretherton at reading.ac.uk
> wrote:

> Hello All-
> I regularly increase the size of volumes using "add-brick" followed by
> "rebalance VOLNAME fix-layout".  I usually allow normal use of an expanded
> volume (i.e reading and writing files) to continue while "fix-layout" is
> taking place, and I have not experienced any apparent problems as a result.
>  The documentation does not say that volumes cannot be used during
> "fix-layout" after "add-brick", but I would like to know for certain that
> this practice is safe.
> I have a similar question about using volumes during"fix-layout" after
> "remove-brick"; is this a safe thing to do?  Being cautious I assume not,
> but it would be very useful to know if files can actually be safely written
> to a volume in this situation.  This weekend I had to shrink a volume using
> "remove-brick", and I am currently waiting for "fix-layout" to complete
> before copying the files from the removed brick into the shrunk volume.  The
> problem is that there are 2.5TB of data to copy, but fix-layout is still
> going after two days.  I was banking on completing the shrinking operation
> over the weekend and making the volume available for use again on Monday
> morning.  Therefore I would really like to know if I can start the copy now
> while fix-layout is still going on.
> Incidentally, is there a way to estimate how long fix-layout will take for
> a particular volume?  I don't understand why fix-layout is taking so long
> for my shrunk volume.  According to the master_list.txt file I created
> recently during the GFID error fixing process, the volume in question has
> ~1.2 million paths, but "fix-layout VOLNAME status" shows that twice this
> number of layouts have been fixed already.
> Regards
> Dan.
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