mfsgoals.cfg(5) replication goals configuration file


The file mfsgoals.cfg contains definitions of the replication goals.


Syntax is:

id name : $type { label ... } id name : label ...

The # character starts comments.


There are 40 replication goals, with ids between 1 and 40, inclusive. Each file stored on the filesystem refers to some goal id and is replicated according to the goal currently associated with this id.

By default, goal 1 means one copy on any chunkserver, goal 2 means two copies on any two chunkservers and so on, until 5 - which is the maximal default number of copies. The purpose of mfsgoals.cfg is to override this behavior, when desired. The file is a list of goal definitions, each consisting of id, name and a list of labels. The maximal length of this list is 40 labels.

id indicates the goal id to be redefined. If some files are already assigned this goal id, their effective goal will change.

name is a human readable name used by the user interface tools (mfssetgoal(1), mfsgetgoal(1)). name can consist of up to 32 alphanumeric characters: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, _.

type specifies goal type - currently supported types are:

std - for each file using this goal and for each label, the system will try to maintain a copy of the file on some chunkserver with this label.

xorN - for each file using this goal, the system will split the file into N+1 parts (N ordinary + 1 parity). For reading, any N of the parts are necessary. If labels are specified, parts will be kept on chunkservers with this labels. Otherwise default wildcard labels will be used. If the type is unspecified is is assumed to be std.

The list of labels is a list of chunkserver labels as defined in mfschunkserver.cfg(5). label can consist of up to 32 alphanumeric characters: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, _.

One label may occur multiple times - in such case the system will create one copy per each occurrence. The special label _ means "a copy on any chunkserver".

Note that changing the definition of a goal in mfsgoals.cfg affects all files which currently use given goal id.


Some example goal definitions:

3 3 : _ _ _ # one of the default goals (three copies anywhere)

8 not_important_file : _ # only one copy

11 important_file : _ _

12 local_copy_on_mars : mars _ # at least one copy in the Martian datacenter

13 cached_on_ssd : ssd _

14 very_important_file : _ _ _ _

15 default_xor3 : $xor3

16 fast_read : $xor2 { ssd ssd hdd }

17 xor5 : $xor5 { hdd } # at least one part on hdd


Snapshot shares data with the original file until the file receives modification and diverges from the snapshotted version. If some snapshot has different goal than its original file, any shared data are stored according to the goal with higher id of the two.


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