[Gluster-users] Stale File Handle Errors During Heavy Writes

Timothy Orme torme at ancestry.com
Wed Nov 27 18:19:52 UTC 2019

Hi Olaf,

Thanks so much for sharing this, it's hugely helpful, if only to make me feel less like I'm going crazy.  I'll see if theres anything I can add to the bug report.  I'm trying to develop a test to reproduce the issue now.

We're running this in a sort of interactive HPC environment, so these error are a bit hard for us to systematically handle, and they have a tendency to be quite disruptive to folks work.

I've run into other issues with sharding as well, such as this: https://lists.gluster.org/pipermail/gluster-users/2019-October/037241.html

I'm wondering then, if maybe sharding isn't quite stable yet and it's more sensible for me to just disable this feature for now?  I'm not quite sure what other implications that might have but so far all the issues I've run into so far as a new gluster user seem like they're related to shards.

From: Olaf Buitelaar <olaf.buitelaar at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:50 AM
To: Timothy Orme <torme at ancestry.com>
Cc: gluster-users <gluster-users at gluster.org>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [Gluster-users] Stale File Handle Errors During Heavy Writes

Hi Tim,

i've been suffering from this also for a long time, not sure if it's exact the same situation since your setup is different. But it seems similar.
i've filed this bug report; https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1732961<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__bugzilla.redhat.com_show-5Fbug.cgi-3Fid-3D1732961&d=DwMFaQ&c=kKqjBR9KKWaWpMhASkPbOg&r=d0SJB4ihnau-Oyws6GEzcipkV9DfxCuMbgdSRgXeuxM&m=Nh3Ca9VCh4XnpEF6imXwTa2NUUglz-XZQhfG8-AyOVU&s=GbJiS8pLGORzLwdgt0ypnnQxQgRhrTHdGXEizatE9g0&e=> for which you might be able to enrich.
To solve the stale files i've made this bash script; https://gist.github.com/olafbuitelaar/ff6fe9d4ab39696d9ad6ca689cc89986<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__gist.github.com_olafbuitelaar_ff6fe9d4ab39696d9ad6ca689cc89986&d=DwMFaQ&c=kKqjBR9KKWaWpMhASkPbOg&r=d0SJB4ihnau-Oyws6GEzcipkV9DfxCuMbgdSRgXeuxM&m=Nh3Ca9VCh4XnpEF6imXwTa2NUUglz-XZQhfG8-AyOVU&s=CvN0yMFI03czcHgzTeexTfP9h4woiAO_XVyn1umHR8g&e=> (it's slightly outdated) which you could use as inspiration, it basically removes the stale files as suggested here; https://lists.gluster.org/pipermail/gluster-users/2018-March/033785.html<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__lists.gluster.org_pipermail_gluster-2Dusers_2018-2DMarch_033785.html&d=DwMFaQ&c=kKqjBR9KKWaWpMhASkPbOg&r=d0SJB4ihnau-Oyws6GEzcipkV9DfxCuMbgdSRgXeuxM&m=Nh3Ca9VCh4XnpEF6imXwTa2NUUglz-XZQhfG8-AyOVU&s=MGGOwcqFQ8DwBK3MDoMxO-MD6_wrmojY1T9GYqE8WOs&e=> . Please be aware the script won't work if you have  2 (or more) bricks of the same volume on the same server (since it always takes the first path found).
I invoke the script via ansible like this (since the script needs to run on all bricks);
- hosts: host1,host2,host3
    - shell: 'bash /root/clean-stale-gluster-fh.sh --host="{{ intif.ip | first }}" --volume=ovirt-data --backup="/backup/stale/gfs/ovirt-data" --shard="{{ item }}" --force'
        - 1b0ba5c2-dd2b-45d0-9c4b-a39b2123cc13.14451

fortunately for me the issue seems to be disappeared, since it's now about 1 month i received one, while before it was about every other day.
The biggest thing the seemed to resolve it was more disk space. while before there was also plenty the gluster volume was at about 85% full, and the individual disk had about 20-30% free of 8TB disk array, but had servers in the mix with smaller disk array's but with similar available space (in percents). i'm now at much lower percentage.
So my latest running theory is that it has something todo with how gluster allocates the shared's, since it's based on it's hash it might want to place it in a certain sub-volume, but than comes to the conclusion it has not enough space there, writes a marker to redirect it to another sub-volume (thinking this is the stale file). However rebalances don't fix this issue.  Also this still doesn't seem explain that most stale files always end up in the first sub-volume.
Unfortunate i've no proof this is actually the root cause, besides that the symptom "disappeared" once gluster had more space to work with.

Best Olaf

Op wo 27 nov. 2019 om 02:38 schreef Timothy Orme <torme at ancestry.com<mailto:torme at ancestry.com>>:
Hi All,

I'm running a 3x2 cluster, v6.5.  Not sure if its relevant, but also have sharding enabled.

I've found that when under heavy write load, clients start erroring out with "stale file handle" errors, on files not related to the writes.

For instance, when a user is running a simple wc against a file, it will bail during that operation with "stale file"

When I check the client logs, I see errors like:

[2019-11-26 22:41:33.565776] E [MSGID: 109040] [dht-helper.c:1336:dht_migration_complete_check_task] 3-scratch-dht: 24d53a0e-c28d-41e0-9dbc-a75e823a3c7d: failed to lookup the file on scratch-dht  [Stale file handle]
[2019-11-26 22:41:33.565853] W [fuse-bridge.c:2827:fuse_readv_cbk] 0-glusterfs-fuse: 33112038: READ => -1 gfid=147040e2-a6b8-4f54-8490-f0f3df29ee50 fd=0x7f95d8d0b3f8 (Stale file handle)

I've seen some bugs or other threads referencing similar issues, but couldn't really discern a solution from them.

Is this caused by some consistency issue with metadata while under load or something else?  I dont see the issue when heavy reads are occurrring.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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