[Gluster-users] Very slow directory listing and high CPU usage on replicated volume

Jonathan Lefman jonathan.lefman at essess.com
Fri Nov 2 01:31:09 UTC 2012

Thanks for the response.  Yes, only gluster bricks on the disk.  I know
about the large count of small files issue, but we changed how we organized
the files.  Each directory has about 30 files in it.  Am I missing

On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM, Jules Wang <lancelotds at 163.com> wrote:

> Hi John:
>     Glusterfs is not designed for handling large count  small files,
> because it has no meta data server, every lookup operation cost a lot in
> your situation.
>     The disk usage is abnormal, does your disk only have gluster bricks?
> Best Regards.
> Jules Wang
> At 2012-11-02 08:03:21,"Jonathan Lefman" <jonathan.lefman at essess.com>
> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am having problems with painfully slow directory listings on a freshly
> created replicated volume.  The configuration is as follows:   2 nodes with
> 3 replicated drives each.  The total volume capacity is 5.6T.  We would
> like to expand the storage capacity much more, but first we need to figure
> this problem out.
> Soon after loading up about 100 MB of small files (about 300kb each), the
> drive usage is at 1.1T.  I am not sure if this to be expected.  The main
> problem is that directory listing (ls or find) takes a very long time.  The
> CPU usage on the nodes is high for each of the glusterfsd processes - 3 on
> each machine 54%, 43%, and 25% per core is an example of the usage.  Memory
> is very low for each process.  It is incredibly difficult to diagnose this
> issue.  We have wiped previous gluster installs, all directories, and mount
> points as well as reformatting the disks.  Each drive is formatted with
> ext4.
> Has anyone had a similar result?  Any ideas on how to debug this one?
> Thank you,
> Jon
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