[Gluster-users] Start a new volume with pre-existing directories
zander at ekp.uni-karlsruhe.de
Thu Dec 2 23:38:40 PST 2010
at our institute, we currently have 6 file servers, each one of them
individually mounted via NFS on ~ 20 clients. The structure on the
servers and the clients is the following:
/storage/1/<user_directories> (NFS export from FS1)
/storage/2/<user_directories> (NFS export from FS2)
Recently, we decided that we would like to migrate this to glusterFS, so
that we can have one big storage directory on the clients. Let's call it
I tried to set up a gluster volume with two empty fileservers and it
worked without any problems. I could easily mount it on a client and use
it (using the native glusterFS mount).
If we now want to migrate the entire institute, it would be very
convenient, if existing folders could be easily included into a new
volume. I tried to do this, but I did not succeed.
Here's a short description of what I tried:
on fs7: /storage/7/user_1,user_2
on fs8: /storage/8/user_3,user_4
gluster volume create transport tcp fs7:/storage/7, fs8:/storage/8
I hoped to see on the client:
The creation was successful, the volume could be started and mounted. On
the client, however, I could only find (via "ls /gluster") the
directories user_1 and user_2. But when I tried "cd /gluster/user_3",
it succeeded! Now "ls /gluster" showed me user_1, user_2 and user_3.
Unfortunately, user_3's subdirectories and files were still invisible,
but with the above mentioned trick, I could make them visible.
This is however not an option, as there are too much users and too
complicated file structures to do this manually. It anyhow seems like
Voodoo to me.
Is it possible to include all of the existing directories in the new
glusterFS volume? If yes: how?
Thank you in advance for your efforts,
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