[Gluster-users] Disappointing documentation?

Joe Julian joe at julianfamily.org
Tue Mar 5 20:40:21 UTC 2013

On 03/05/2013 08:51 AM, Jason Villalta wrote:
> I think some people would benefit from more recipe examples, 
> especially around using with Virtualization. (KVM, Openstack, 
> Cloudstack, OpenNebula).  I know it is not the job of Gluster to tell 
> people how to configure these other systems but maybe a quick list of 
> will work, sorta work and not work at all.  I know from my personal 
> experience I have spent a lot time testing different 
> configuration/combinations of these virtualization systems and Gluster 
> before find what seems to work acceptably for my uses.
I don't suppose you added the results of your testing to the wiki 
>  Admittedly most of the issues are around this stubborn 
> FUSE/Direct-IO/ODirect support in most distributions (Ubuntu/CentOS). 
>  I think if these FUSE mounting IO issues were resolve/(made better) 
> people would be A LOT happier to use Gluster.  I think there will 
> always be weird hardware related issues that will crop up in Gluster 
> that all the documentation in the world can't fix but getting a clear 
> supported path for (Cloud/KVM/Gluster/FS of choice) would 
> help tremendously or at least allow people to determine if Gluster is 
> the right fit.
That O_DIRECT issue has been resolved in EL (aka RHEL, CentOS, 
Scientific Linux, etc) 6.3.
> My 2 cents.

On that note, as well, I'd like to remind everybody that open source 
isn't about being a producer or a consumer. If you know something, share 
it. Add it to the wiki, or blog, email, Facebook, Google+, etc. You 
don't have to be a coder to be part of any open source project. I 
haven't written anything in C for over 20 years, but I'm still a part of 
the Gluster Community. I'm also becoming more involved in puppet, 
logstash, and OpenStack.

I know that before I got involved with Gluster I always felt like there 
was "them" that made the software, and "us" that used whatever they gave 
us. I knew I didn't have the time to contribute code so I quietly used 
free software. Since I've gotten involved, I've realized how easy it is. 
Get involved. It's fun. :)

> On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM, Joe Julian <joe at julianfamily.org 
> <mailto:joe at julianfamily.org>> wrote:
>     It comes up on this list from time to time that there's not
>     sufficient documentation on troubleshooting. I assume that's what
>     some people mean when they refer to disappointing documentation as
>     the current documentation is far more detailed and useful than it
>     was 3 years ago when I got started. I'm not really sure what's
>     being asked for here, nor am I sure how one would document how to
>     troubleshoot. In my mind, if there's a trouble that can be
>     documented with a clear path to resolution, then a bug report
>     should be filed and that should be fixed. Any other cases that
>     cannot be coded for require human intervention and are already
>     documented.
>     Please tell me your thoughts.

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