zfs compression and nfs

Markus Gebert markus.gebert at hostpoint.ch
Mon Feb 2 05:45:55 PST 2009

Hi Andrei

Am 02.02.2009 um 13:11 schrieb Andrei Kolu:

> I encouontered strange problem with zfs compressed volume that is  
> shared out over nfs.
> volume is created with command:
> # zpool create example /dev/da1
> # zfs set compression=gzip data/configuration

Since 'zfs set' is usually used on a file system (i.e. not a  
directory), I assume 'data/configuration' is a zfs filesystem separate  
from 'data/'.

> Now my "data" is shared with NFS and all servers have access to  
> "configuration" volume. All NFS clients can write to volume and show  
> written files over network. What is missing is files from server  
> side- it does not show any file on compressed volume that is written  
> by clients over NFS. If I copy same files/directories to nfs root  
> eg. "data" then I can access files from server. Where are my files?

I don't think this is related to compression.

If 'data/' and 'data/configuration' really happen to be different  
filesystems and you're mounting only 'data/' on the client, the  
behaviour you're seeing is expected. What's happening is that you're  
client is able to to see the configuration _directory_ inside the  
mounted 'data/' filesystem. But since the nfsclient won't be able to  
cross filesystem boundaries on the server (nfs restriction), changing  
to that directory and writing a file on the client will actually  
result in the file being written to the 'data/' filesystem on the  
server (inside it's 'configuration' _directory_). You are not seeing  
these files on the server, because there 'data/configuration' is  
actually you're compressed zfs filesysten that never got a write. You  
should be able to make the lost files visible on the server by  
umounting 'data/configuration':

# zfs umount data/configuration

Of course this does not solve your problem. I guess you need to export  
'data/configuration' too and mount it on the client.


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