[Gluster-users] [Gluster-devel] Testing replication and HA

Kaushal M kshlmster at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 07:37:36 UTC 2014

The 42 second hang is most likely the ping timeout of the client translator.

What most likely happened was that, the brick on annex3 was being used
for the read when you pulled its plug. When you pulled the plug, the
connection between the client and annex3 isn't gracefully terminated
and the client translator still sees the connection as alive. Because
of this the next fop is also sent to annex3, but it will timeout as
annex3 is dead. After the timeout happens, the connection is marked as
dead, and the associated client xlator is marked as down. Since afr
now know annex3 is dead, it sends the next fop to annex4 which is
still alive.

These kinds of unclean connection terminations are only handled by
request/ping timeouts currently. You could set the ping timeout values
to be lower, to reduce the detection time.


On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM, Krishnan Parthasarathi
<kparthas at redhat.com> wrote:
> James,
> Could you provide the logs of the mount process, where you see the hang for 42s?
> My initial guess, seeing 42s, is that the client translator's ping timeout
> is in play.
> I would encourage you to report a bug and attach relevant logs.
> If the issue (observed) turns out to be an acceptable/explicable behavioural
> quirk of glusterfs, then we could close the bug :-)
> cheers,
> Krish
> ----- Original Message -----
>> It's been a while since I did some gluster replication testing, so I
>> spun up a quick cluster *cough, plug* using puppet-gluster+vagrant (of
>> course) and here are my results.
>> * Setup is a 2x2 distributed-replicated cluster
>> * Hosts are named: annex{1..4}
>> * Volume name is 'puppet'
>> * Client vm's mount (fuse) the volume.
>> * On the client:
>> # cd /mnt/gluster/puppet/
>> # dd if=/dev/urandom of=random.51200 count=51200
>> # sha1sum random.51200
>> # rsync -v --bwlimit=10 --progress random.51200 root at localhost:/tmp
>> * This gives me about an hour to mess with the bricks...
>> * By looking on the hosts directly, I see that the random.51200 file is
>> on annex3 and annex4...
>> * On annex3:
>> # poweroff
>> [host shuts down...]
>> * On client1:
>> # time ls
>> random.51200
>> real    0m42.705s
>> user    0m0.001s
>> sys     0m0.002s
>> [hangs for about 42 seconds, and then returns successfully...]
>> * I then powerup annex3, and then pull the plug on annex4. The same sort
>> of thing happens... It hangs for 42 seconds, but then everything works
>> as normal. This is of course the cluster timeout value and the answer to
>> life the universe and everything.
>> Question: Why doesn't glusterfs automatically flip over to using the
>> other available host right away? If you agree, I'll report this as a
>> bug. If there's a way to do this, let me know.
>> Apart from the delay, glad that this is of course still HA ;)
>> Cheers,
>> James
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