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Blog Post – 2 Gluster related files


In the previous post we had installed gluster in debug mode. Lets have a quick look on the files that get installed with gluster.

Remember, when we do a make install, our prefix for destination for install is /usr/local. If you are installing from a repo then it will be /.

Libraries and Executable:

  • Most of the libraries get installed either directly under “/usr/local/lib” or within “glusterfs” folder under that.
  • Some of the libraries which are used internally in gluster get installed in libexec.
  • The only two executables that are generated are “gluster” and “glusterfsd” placed in /usr/local/sbin.



  • Helper script for mount “mount.glsuterfs” is in /sbin.



  • Vim syntax file for vol files, man pages and benchmarking tools are provided in /usr/local/share.


Header files:

  • Header file for the gluster api is provided in /usr/local/include for others to include while building on top of the api.


Configuration files:

  • Configuration files that get installed are in /usr/local/etc/glusterfs/.
  • We have logrotate config file to hold parameters that logrotate uses to archive logs.
  • Important file that you should notice here is the glusterd.vol.



  • If you look into glusterd.vol file, you will find that working directory is /var/lib/glusterd. That is a directory we should be exploring.
  • Also remember , all our logs go into /usr/local/var/log/glusterfs.


In the next post we will make use of this information to understand how gluster works.


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