Stale file content

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I’m using glusterfs since approx. 18 month and need some help detecting the culprit for stale file content. Stale file content means here that I read the same file from two clients with different content. 

I have a distributed volume 

Volume Name: apptivegrid
Type: Distribute
Volume ID: 7087ee24-6603-477a-a822-29d011bca78e
Status: Started
Snapshot Count: 0
Number of Bricks: 2
Transport-type: tcp
Options Reconfigured:
performance.cache-invalidation: on
performance.cache-samba-metadata: on
performance.strict-o-direct: on off off
performance.write-behind: off
performance.readdir-ahead: off
performance.parallel-readdir: off
performance.quick-read: off
performance.stat-prefetch: off off
performance.flush-behind: off
performance.client-io-threads: off
locks.mandatory-locking: off
features.cache-invalidation-timeout: 600
features.cache-invalidation: on
diagnostics.count-fop-hits: on
diagnostics.latency-measurement: on
storage.fips-mode-rchecksum: on
transport.address-family: inet

and sometimes I get stale file content like expained above. The file that I discovered having the problem is a small file of 32 bytes. The change to that file is a version number increased, so I could testify the data is changed at the right position and also could see that it has old content on one of the machines. I made the above settings to the volume in order to be sure it cannot happen.

I created that volume a while ago and did not change the layout of the bricks (but upgraded from gluster 10 to 11 last week). Running a rebalance command should a lot of errors and failures in the status report of the rebalance. I also get quite a lot of this error in the logfile (settings is the small file I’m talking about)

[2023-08-17 21:57:31.910494 +0000] W [MSGID: 114031] [client-rpc-fops_v2.c:2561:client4_0_lookup_cbk] 0-apptivegrid-client-0: remote operation failed. [{path=/62/03/8c/62038cd116e9a6857794aa14/settings}, {gfid=1d38410a-1c14-4346-a7e5-68856ed310e9}, {errno=2}, {error=No such file or directory}]

and this 

[2023-08-17 21:57:31.902676 +0000] I [MSGID: 109018] [dht-common.c:1838:dht_revalidate_cbk] 0-apptivegrid-dht: Mismatching layouts for /62/03/8c/62038cd116e9a6857794aa14, gfid = f7f8eef0-bc19-4936-8c0c-fd0a497c5e69

This morning I found another occurrence of a stale file which I wanted to diagnose but a couple of minutes later it seemed to have healed itself. In order to diagnose I’ve shutdown the processes that could access it to be sure. So no idea what did the refresh if my action (releasing fds/locks) or timeout.

In order to better estimate what is the culprit I would need to verify/falsify some of my assumptions:

- the process P1 on a machine opens a couple of files and keeps them open until 30 minutes of inactivity on them. If a process P2 running on another machine would change the same file, P1 would see those changes on next read, right? So my assumption is that an open fd can get content update and open fds do not prevent files to be updated on the client machine that has P1 running
- same question for locks. I do advisory locks on the small file for updating. This wouldn’t conflict with a content update as I assume that glusterfs does not lock ranges it updates

If my assumptions are valid I would suspect a cache on the client could be the culprit. I read that there is a default cache 32MB for small files. But then I thought this would be invalidated by an upcall as cache-invalidation is on. 

Is there a command to flush the client cache? What isn’t nice but should work is unmounting and mounting again.

I hope the information provided is sufficient enough.

thanks in advance,



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