[Gluster-users] Recovering from remove-brick where shards did not rebalance

Anthony Hoppe anthony at vofr.net
Tue Sep 7 18:20:17 UTC 2021

I am currently playing with concatenating main file + shards together. Is it safe to assume that a shard with the same ID and sequence number (5da7d7b9-7ff3-48d2-8dcd-4939364bda1f.242 for example) is identical across bricks? That is, I can copy all the shards into a single location overwriting and/or discarding duplicates, then concatenate them together in order? Or is it a more complex? 

> From: "anthony" <anthony at vofr.net>
> To: "gluster-users" <gluster-users at gluster.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:18:07 AM
> Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] Recovering from remove-brick where shards did not
> rebalance

> I've been playing with re-adding the bricks and here is some interesting
> behavior.

> When I try to force add the bricks to the volume while it's running, I get
> complaints about one of the bricks already being a member of a volume. If I
> stop the volume, I can then force-add the bricks. However, the volume won't
> start without force. Once the volume is force started, all of the bricks remain
> offline.

> I feel like I'm close...but not quite there...

>> From: "anthony" <anthony at vofr.net>
>> To: "Strahil Nikolov" <hunter86_bg at yahoo.com>
>> Cc: "gluster-users" <gluster-users at gluster.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:45:44 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] Recovering from remove-brick where shards did not
>> rebalance

>> I was contemplating these options, actually, but not finding anything in my
>> research showing someone had tried either before gave me pause.

>> One thing I wasn't sure about when doing a force add-brick was if gluster would
>> wipe the existing data from the added bricks. Sounds like that may not be the
>> case?

>> With regards to concatenating the main file + shards, how would I go about
>> identifying the shards that pair with the main file? I see the shards have
>> sequence numbers, but I'm not sure how to match the identifier to the main
>> file.

>> Thanks!!

>>> From: "Strahil Nikolov" <hunter86_bg at yahoo.com>
>>> To: "anthony" <anthony at vofr.net>, "gluster-users" <gluster-users at gluster.org>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:02:36 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] Recovering from remove-brick where shards did not
>>> rebalance

>>> The data should be recoverable by concatenating the main file with all shards.
>>> Then you can copy the data back via the FUSE mount point.

>>> I think that some users reported that add-brick with the force option allows to
>>> 'undo' the situation and 're-add' the data, but I have never tried that and I
>>> cannot guarantee that it will even work.

>>> The simplest way is to recover from a recent backup , but sometimes this leads
>>> to a data loss.

>>> Best Regards,
>>> Strahil Nikolov

>>>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 9:29, Anthony Hoppe
>>>> <anthony at vofr.net> wrote:
>>>> Hello,

>>>> I did a bad thing and did a remove-brick on a set of bricks in a
>>>> distributed-replicate volume where rebalancing did not successfully rebalance
>>>> all files. In sleuthing around the various bricks on the 3 node pool, it
>>>> appears that a number of the files within the volume may have been stored as
>>>> shards. With that, I'm unsure how to proceed with recovery.

>>>> Is it possible to re-add the removed bricks somehow and then do a heal? Or is
>>>> there a way to recover data from shards somehow?

>>>> Thanks!
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