[Gluster-users] One node goes offline, the other node can't see the replicated volume anymore

Greg Scott GregScott at infrasupport.com
Tue Jul 9 01:17:08 UTC 2013

I don't get this.  I have a replicated volume and 2 nodes.  My challenge is, when I take one node offline, the other node can no longer access the volume until both nodes are back online again.


I have 2 nodes, fw1 and fw2.   Each node has an XFS file system, /gluster-fw1 on node fw1 and gluster-fw2 no node fw2.   Node fw1 is at IP Address  Node fw2 is at

I create a gluster volume named firewall-scripts which is a replica of those two XFS file systems.  The volume holds a bunch of config files common to both fw1 and fw2.  The application is an active/standby pair of firewalls and the idea is to keep config files in a gluster volume.

When both nodes are online, everything works as expected.  But when I take either node offline, node fw2 behaves badly:

[root at chicago-fw2 ~]# ls /firewall-scripts
ls: cannot access /firewall-scripts: Transport endpoint is not connected

And when I bring the offline node back online, node fw2 eventually behaves normally again.

What's up with that?  Gluster is supposed to be resilient and self-healing and able to stand up to this sort of abuse.  So I must be doing something wrong.

Here is how I set up everything - it doesn't get much simpler than this and my setup is right out the Getting Started Guide but using my own names.

Here are the steps I followed, all from fw1:

gluster peer probe
gluster peer status

Create and start the volume:

gluster volume create firewall-scripts replica 2 transport tcp
gluster volume start firewall-scripts

On fw1:

mkdir /firewall-scripts
mount -t glusterfs /firewall-scripts

and add this line to /etc/fstab: /firewall-scripts glusterfs defaults,_netdev 0 0

on fw2:

mkdir /firewall-scripts
mount -t glusterfs /firewall-scripts

and add this line to /etc/fstab: /firewall-scripts glusterfs defaults,_netdev 0 0

That's it.  That's the whole setup.  When both nodes are online, everything replicates beautifully.  But take one node offline and it all falls apart.

Here is the output from gluster volume info, identical on both nodes:

[root at chicago-fw1 etc]# gluster volume info

Volume Name: firewall-scripts
Type: Replicate
Volume ID: 239b6401-e873-449d-a2d3-1eb2f65a1d4c
Status: Started
Number of Bricks: 1 x 2 = 2
Transport-type: tcp
[root at chicago-fw1 etc]#

Looking at /var/log/glusterfs/firewall-scripts.log on fw2, I see errors like this every couple of seconds:

[2013-07-09 00:59:04.706390] I [afr-common.c:3856:afr_local_init] 0-firewall-scripts-replicate-0: no subvolumes up
[2013-07-09 00:59:04.706515] W [fuse-bridge.c:1132:fuse_err_cbk] 0-glusterfs-fuse: 3160: FLUSH() ERR => -1 (Transport endpoint is not connected)

And then when I bring fw1 back online, I see these messages on fw2:

[2013-07-09 01:01:35.006782] I [rpc-clnt.c:1648:rpc_clnt_reconfig] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: changing port to 49152 (from 0)
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.006932] W [socket.c:514:__socket_rwv] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: readv failed (No data available)
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.018546] I [client-handshake.c:1658:select_server_supported_programs] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: Using Program GlusterFS 3.3, Num (1298437), Version (330)
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.019273] I [client-handshake.c:1456:client_setvolume_cbk] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: Connected to, attached to remote volume '/gluster-fw1'.
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.019356] I [client-handshake.c:1468:client_setvolume_cbk] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: Server and Client lk-version numbers are not same, reopening the fds
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.019441] I [client-handshake.c:1308:client_post_handshake] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: 1 fds open - Delaying child_up until they are re-opened
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.020070] I [client-handshake.c:930:client_child_up_reopen_done] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: last fd open'd/lock-self-heal'd - notifying CHILD-UP
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.020282] I [afr-common.c:3698:afr_notify] 0-firewall-scripts-replicate-0: Subvolume 'firewall-scripts-client-0' came back up; going online.
[2013-07-09 01:01:35.020616] I [client-handshake.c:450:client_set_lk_version_cbk] 0-firewall-scripts-client-0: Server lk version = 1

So how do I make glusterfs survive a node failure, which is the whole point of all this?


-       Greg Scott

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