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Striping Across Four Storage Nodes With GlusterFS On CentOS 5.4 - Page 2

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  1. 3 Setting Up The GlusterFS Client
  2. 4 Testing
  3. 5 Links

3 Setting Up The GlusterFS Client

client1.example.com:

GlusterFS isn't available as a package for CentOS 5.4, therefore we have to build it ourselves. First we install the prerequisites:

yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

yum groupinstall 'Development Libraries'

yum install libibverbs-devel fuse-devel

Then we load the fuse kernel module...

modprobe fuse

... and create the file /etc/rc.modules with the following contents so that the fuse kernel module will be loaded automatically whenever the system boots:

vi /etc/rc.modules

modprobe fuse

Make the file executable:

chmod +x /etc/rc.modules

Then we download the GlusterFS 2.0.9 sources (please note that this is the same version that is installed on the server!) and build GlusterFS as follows:

cd /tmp
wget http://ftp.gluster.com/pub/gluster/glusterfs/2.0/LATEST/glusterfs-2.0.9.tar.gz
tar xvfz glusterfs-2.0.9.tar.gz
cd glusterfs-2.0.9
./configure

At the end of the ./configure command, you should see something like this:

[...]
GlusterFS configure summary
===========================
FUSE client        : yes
Infiniband verbs   : yes
epoll IO multiplex : yes
Berkeley-DB        : yes
libglusterfsclient : yes
argp-standalone    : no

make && make install
ldconfig

Check the GlusterFS version afterwards (should be 2.0.9):

glusterfs --version

[[email protected] glusterfs-2.0.9]# glusterfs --version
glusterfs 2.0.9 built on Mar 1 2010 15:58:06
Repository revision: v2.0.9
Copyright (c) 2006-2009 Gluster Inc. <http://www.gluster.com>
GlusterFS comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You may redistribute copies of GlusterFS under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
[[email protected] glusterfs-2.0.9]#

Then we create the following two directories:

mkdir /mnt/glusterfs
mkdir /etc/glusterfs

Next we create the file /etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol:

vi /etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol

volume remote1
  type protocol/client
  option transport-type tcp/client
  option remote-host server1.example.com
  option remote-subvolume brick
end-volume

volume remote2
  type protocol/client
  option transport-type tcp/client
  option remote-host server2.example.com
  option remote-subvolume brick
end-volume

volume remote3
  type protocol/client
  option transport-type tcp/client
  option remote-host server3.example.com
  option remote-subvolume brick
end-volume

volume remote4
  type protocol/client
  option transport-type tcp/client
  option remote-host server4.example.com
  option remote-subvolume brick
end-volume

volume stripe
  type cluster/stripe
  option block-size 1MB
  subvolumes remote1 remote2 remote3 remote4
end-volume

volume writebehind
  type performance/write-behind
  option window-size 1MB
  subvolumes stripe
end-volume

volume cache
  type performance/io-cache
  option cache-size 512MB
  subvolumes writebehind
end-volume

Make sure you use the correct server hostnames or IP addresses in the option remote-host lines!

That's it! Now we can mount the GlusterFS filesystem to /mnt/glusterfs with one of the following two commands:

glusterfs -f /etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol /mnt/glusterfs

or

mount -t glusterfs /etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol /mnt/glusterfs

You should now see the new share in the outputs of...

mount

[[email protected] ~]# mount
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 on / type ext3 (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
sunrpc on /var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs type rpc_pipefs (rw)
glusterfs#/etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol on /mnt/glusterfs type fuse (rw,allow_other,default_permissions,max_read=131072)
[[email protected] ~]#

... and...

df -h

[[email protected] ~]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00
                       29G  2.2G   25G   9% /
/dev/sda1              99M   13M   82M  14% /boot
tmpfs                 187M     0  187M   0% /dev/shm
glusterfs#/etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol
                      112G  2.3G  110G   2% /mnt/glusterfs
[[email protected] ~]#

(server1.example.com, server2.example.com, server3.example.com, and server4.example.com each have about 28GB of space for the GlusterFS filesystem, so that the resulting share has a size of about 4 x 28GB (112GB).)

Instead of mounting the GlusterFS share manually on the client, you could modify /etc/fstab so that the share gets mounted automatically when the client boots.

Open /etc/fstab and append the following line:

vi /etc/fstab

[...]
/etc/glusterfs/glusterfs.vol  /mnt/glusterfs  glusterfs  defaults  0  0

To test if your modified /etc/fstab is working, reboot the client:

reboot

After the reboot, you should find the share in the outputs of...

df -h

... and...

mount

 

4 Testing

Now let's create a big test file on the GlusterFS share:

client1.example.com:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/glusterfs/test.img bs=1024k count=1000

ls -l /mnt/glusterfs

[[email protected] ~]# ls -l /mnt/glusterfs
total 1024032
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1048576000 2010-02-23 17:31 test.img
[[email protected] ~]#

Now let's check the /data/export directory on server1.example.com, server2.example.com, server3.example.com, and server4.example.com. You should see the test.img file on each node, but with different sizes (due to data striping):

server1.example.com:

ls -l /data/export

[[email protected] ~]# ls -l /data/export
total 256008
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1045430272 2010-02-23 17:31 test.img
[[email protected] ~]#

server2.example.com:

ls -l /data/export

[[email protected] ~]# ls -l /data/export
total 256008
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1046478848 2010-02-23 17:27 test.img
[[email protected] ~]#

server3.example.com:

ls -l /data/export

[[email protected] ~]# ls -l /data/export
total 256008
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1047527424 2010-02-23 17:26 test.img
[[email protected] ~]#

server4.example.com:

ls -l /data/export

[[email protected] ~]# ls -l /data/export
total 256008
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1048576000 2010-02-23 17:30 test.img
[[email protected] ~]#

 

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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