[Gluster-users] files on gluster brick that have '---------T' designation.

Shishir Gowda sgowda at redhat.com
Tue Aug 21 02:09:59 UTC 2012

Hi Harry,

These are valid files in glusterfs-dht xlator configured volumes. These are known as link files, which dht uses to maintain files on the hashed subvol, when the actual data resides in non hashed subvolumes(rename can lead to these). The cleanup of these files will be taken care of by running rebalance.
Can you please provide the gluster version you are using, and the remove brick command you used?

With regards,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harry Mangalam" <hjmangalam at gmail.com>
To: "gluster-users" <gluster-users at gluster.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:01:05 AM
Subject: [Gluster-users] files on gluster brick that have '---------T'	designation.

I have a working but unbalanced gluster config where one brick has about 2X the usage of the 3 others. I started a remove-brick to force a resolution of this problem (Thanks to JD for the help!), but it's going very slowly, about 2.2MB/s over DDR IPoIB or ~2.3 files/s. In investigating the problem, I may have found a partial explanation - I have found 100s of thousands (maybe millions) of zero-length files existing on the problem brick that do not exist on the client view that have the designation ' ---------T' via 'ls -l' 


total 0 
---------T 2 root root 0 2012-08-04 11:23 backward_sm1003 
---------T 2 root root 0 2012-08-04 11:23 backward_sm1007 
---------T 2 root root 0 2012-08-04 11:23 backward_sm1029 

I suspect that these are the ones that are responsible for the enormous expansion of the storage space on this brick and the very slow speed of the 'remove-brick' operation. 

Does this sound possible? Can I delete these files on the brick to resolve the imbalance? If not, is there a way to process them in some better way to rationalize the imbalance? 

Harry Mangalam - Research Computing, OIT, Rm 225 MSTB, UC Irvine 
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