[Gluster-users] Write failure on distributed volume with free space available

Ling Ho ling at slac.stanford.edu
Fri Feb 8 22:36:16 UTC 2013

Last night I ran into problem where some of the bricks in my volume 
completed filled up to 100%, while others were still below 90%. The 
bricks are 25TB each, so 10% would be about 2.5TB. The files we were 
writing were not more than 100GB each so even a number of concurrent 
file writes were not capable of filling up 10% in a very short amount of 
time. We have 40 bricks in the volume.

Looks like the default min-free-disk setting (which I did not set) is 
not observed.

After trying to set it to 10%, and also 500GB on a different try, I 
tried creating 1000 new empty files on a client (after remounting the 
volume), and it still writes to the bricks with less than 10% or less 
than 500GB free.

Is this a feature available in later released only? I am using Stable 
3.3.1 .


On 01/28/2013 02:37 PM, Jeff Darcy wrote:
> On 01/28/2013 05:19 PM, Ling Ho wrote:
>> How "full" does it has to be before new files start getting written into
>> the other bricks?
> By default, min-free-disk is set to 10% and min-free-inodes is set to 5%.
>> In my recent experience, I added a new brick to an existing volume while
>> one of the existing 4 bricks was close to full. And yet I constantly get
>> out of space error when trying to write new files. Full rebalancing was
>> also such as slow process that it cannot keep up with new files I need
>> to write to the volume.
> Yes, rebalancing is slow.  I have work in progress to make it less slow
> by doing the fix-layout part minimally instead of for every single
> directory in the entire volume, and to skip the migrate-data part
> entirely in favor of just letting new data get placed onto new bricks.
> I don't know when those will make it into a release, but if you're
> interested you can read about the work in progress here.
> http://hekafs.org/index.php/2012/03/spreading-the-load/
> http://hekafs.org/index.php/2012/05/the-quest-for-balance/
> http://review.gluster.org/#change,3573
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