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Bug 1691833 - Client sends 128KByte network packet for 0 length file copy
Summary: Client sends 128KByte network packet for 0 length file copy
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: GlusterFS
Classification: Community
Component: core
Version: 5
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
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Reported: 2019-03-22 15:57 UTC by Otto Jonyer
Modified: 2019-03-22 16:18 UTC (History)
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Wireshark report of the network overhead (deleted)
2019-03-22 15:57 UTC, Otto Jonyer
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Description Otto Jonyer 2019-03-22 15:57:15 UTC
Created attachment 1546951 [details]
Wireshark report of the network overhead

Description of problem:
Installed Ubuntu Server 18.10 from official release. 
Installed debian packages from ppa:gluster/glusterfs-5 (
The problem was originally reproduced on CentOs based on with custom compilation of glusterfs-5.1
Created the simplest replica filesystem on 2 nodes and mounted on one of the nodes but it is also reproducible when mounted from dedicated client as well.
Created a 0 length file with "touch /tmp/0length"
Copied the file to gluster mount.
Network capture shows that 128KByte packet is sent to both replica which is a huge network overhead for really small files.

the commands I've used:
  mkdir /mnt/brick
  gluster peer probe
  gluster volume create gv0 replica 2 force
  gluster volume start gv0
  mkdir /mnt/gv0
  mount -t glusterfs /mnt/gv0
  touch /tmp/0length
  cp /tmp/0length /mnt/gv0

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
5.5-ubuntu1~cosmic1: glusterfs-client glusterfs-common glusterfs-server

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1)  on both nodes: mkdir /mnt/brick
2)  on gluster peer probe
3)  gluster volume create gv0 replica 2 force
4)  gluster volume start gv0
5)  mkdir /mnt/gv0
6)  mount -t glusterfs /mnt/gv0
7)  touch /tmp/0length

8)  tcpdump -s 0 -w /tmp/glusterfs.pkt 'host'
9)  cp /tmp/0length /mnt/gv0
10) stop network capture and load into wireshark

Actual results:
The network capture is 256KByte length and I see 1-1 'proc-27' calls to both glusterfs nodes with 128KB sizes.

Expected results:
The network capture is a few kilobytes and low network overhead for small files.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Otto Jonyer 2019-03-22 16:18:05 UTC
Very strange for larger sizes:

If I use 7 KByte file I get 2*128 KB packets.
If I use 15, 31 KByte file I get 2*128 KB + 1*32KB packets.
If I use 63, 127 or 129 KByte file I get 6*128KB packets.

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