[Gluster-Maintainers] Proposal to change gNFS status

Markus Seywald max at beeksfx.com
Thu Nov 21 11:18:53 UTC 2019

Hi Everyone,

Just an Feedback from 1 User End.

We used GNFS with NFS3 now since  some years.  The 3.12.15 have some Bugs,… but it’s running most stable in comparisons to older Versions.

NFS-Ganesha we where not able to get it stable since Years. NFS-Ganesha is very instable once its getting used with VMware (6.0/6.7). Instable in such Way making it unusable. Even 2.8.x. The Idea of using NFS4.1 with Vmware was an great Mind,……. But never worked so far. Vmware just support “Session Trunking” and not pnfs in general. They don’t support using non Vsan, binded to open-source community. I’am not sure how other Hypervisor works with,……

Also I think there is a big Complication once it comes to Issues once 2 Open-Source Products are in use. Once an Issue appears and not clear what ever End is the root Cause,…………… could be an extensive Process to get a Fix for.

So looking forward, on my End I really would appreciate if GNFS would be as a Default Package part of Gluster. As it’s the most simple Way providing Peoples an easy NFS Solution.  Glusterfs as a Client is not supported or available for each OS. It would be good providing “Fixes” once there are Bugs with newer Glusterfs Versions with GNFS in use (like #764,#765).

Also I would be more then happy if Devs would also deep Focus support Matrix with Hypervisors and to make it stable for most common ones like Vmware. May Hyper-V/KVM as well. (nfs-ganesha, gluster,..)

Reason why I’am thinking this Way from User-End is following:

Markets are moving very very fast. Everything need to get more stable, more efficient and flexible with the tiniest Effort possible. This means as well based on Costs > Reason why Open-Source getting more and more interesting in Total. Changing Products causing opposite Situation. Biggest Kickback is once Products getting changed. Leading to Risks Use Cases not working anymore or if lots Bugs/Issues arise.  That can happen with Fully Payed Products as well > but there is then a big Support Channel behind.

Top Leader in Virtualization Sector also focusing Kubernetes and combining Stacks for easier usages.

So I think it would be really really good if gluster and NFS-ganesha  getting also fully adopted for the Virtualization Solutions.  As this World is changing more and more into this Layers. And more Activities into this Direction we see in the Future.

I understand this is may just some Words from 1 user,…. But may some others thinking Similar.

Appreciated and Thx for Reading.


From: Amar Tumballi <amarts at gmail.com>
Sent: Donnerstag, 21. November 2019 11:31
To: GlusterFS Maintainers <maintainers at gluster.org>
Cc: Gluster Devel <gluster-devel at gluster.org>; Gluster users maillist <Gluster-users at gluster.org>; xiechanglong.d <xiechanglong.d at gmail.com>
Subject: Proposal to change gNFS status

Hi All,

As per the discussion on https://review.gluster.org/23645, recently we changed the status of gNFS (gluster's native NFSv3 support) feature to 'Depricated / Orphan' state. (ref: https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/blob/master/MAINTAINERS#L185..L189). With this email, I am proposing to change the status again to 'Odd Fixes' (ref: https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/blob/master/MAINTAINERS#L22)


I understand the current maintainers are not able to focus on maintaining it as the focus of the project, as earlier described, is keeping NFS-Ganesha based integration with glusterfs. But, I am volunteering along with Xie Changlong (currently working at Chinamobile), to keep the feature running as it used to in previous versions. Hence the status of 'Odd Fixes'.

Before sending the patch to make these changes, I am proposing it here now, as gNFS is not even shipped with latest glusterfs-7.0 releases. I have heard from some users that it was working great for them with earlier releases, as all they wanted was NFS v3 support, and not much of features from gNFS. Also note that, even though the packages are not built, none of the regression tests using gNFS are stopped with latest master, so it is working same from at least last 2 years.

I request the package maintainers to please add '--with gnfs' (or --enable-gnfs) back to their release script through this email, so those users wanting to use gNFS happily can continue to use it. Also points to users/admins is that, the status is 'Odd Fixes', so don't expect any 'enhancements' on the features provided by gNFS.

Happy to hear feedback, if any.


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