[Gluster-users] Problems with eCryptfs using a Gluster backend.

Lance Reed reed.r.lance at gmail.com
Tue Feb 25 23:15:21 UTC 2014

I am attempting to setup encrypted user home directories via eCryptfs using
gluster as a backend.

Very simple setup currently has a small two node gluster cluster mounted by
a separate client.  Normal gluster client and NFS mount / file options are
working fine.


In my attempts lay ecryptfs on top of the mounted native gluster setup, I
am unable to edit a file, write etc.  I either get zero length or fixed

Only log messages I get are:
"Either the lower file is not in a valid eCryptfs format, or the key could
not be retrieved. Plaintext passthrough mode is not enabled; returning -EIO"

I am posting in this forum to see if anyone knows of any reason why this
may be failing from the Glusterfs side.

I am trying Centos / RHEL.
See these bugs:
Bug 762976 - (GLUSTER-1244) ecryptfs does not work when the directory to be
encrypted is on gluster mount

A non-empty file created on glusterfs with ecryptfs reports as a file of
size zero

These look to be issues with O_DIRECT usage in fuse.
I was hoping someone might have an idea or remember some of this to help me
figure out if using glusterfs for a backend with  eCryptfs is even an

Is it possible that this bug is still the core problem?
"ecryptfs does not work properly over nfs, cifs, samba, WebDAV, or aufs"
It is old but still seems to be open..

Thanks very much in advance for any ideas on the problem.
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