Chapter 19. Detecting Data Corruption with BitRot
BitRot detection is a technique used in Red Hat Gluster Storage to identify when silent corruption of data has occurred. BitRot also helps to identify when a brick's data has been manipulated directly, without using FUSE, NFS or any other access protocols. BitRot detection is particularly useful when using JBOD, since JBOD does not provide other methods of determining when data on a disk has become corrupt.
gluster volume bitrotcommand scans all the bricks in a volume for BitRot issues in a process known as scrubbing. The process calculates the checksum for each file or object, and compares that checksum against the actual data of the file. When BitRot is detected in a file, that file is marked as corrupted, and the detected errors are logged in the following files:
19.1. Enabling and Disabling the BitRot daemon
The BitRot daemon is disabled by default. In order to use or configure the daemon, you first need to enable it.
gluster volume bitrot VOLNAME enable
- Enable the BitRot daemon for the specified volume.
gluster volume bitrot VOLNAME disable
- Disable the BitRot daemon for the specified volume.