Migrate from File System Backend to Ceph
Ceph is a scalable distributed storage system. Seafile can use Ceph's RADOS object storage layer for storage backend.
By default, a typical Seafile server deployment uses file system as storage backend (e.g. Ext4). Later you may want to switch to more scalable storage solution like Ceph. This documentation shows you how to migrate your existing date from file system to Ceph and connect to Ceph. If you're deploying a fresh install with Ceph backend, please refer to setup with Ceph.
Copy ceph conf file and client keyring
Seafile acts as a client to Ceph/RADOS, so it needs to access ceph cluster's conf file and keyring. You have to copy these files from a ceph admin node's /etc/ceph directory to the seafile machine.
seafile-machine# sudo scp user@ceph-admin-node:/etc/ceph/ /etc
Install and enable memcached
For best performance, Seafile requires install memcached and enable memcache for objects.
We recommend to allocate 128MB memory for memcached. Edit /etc/memcached.conf
# Start with a cap of 64 megs of memory. It's reasonable, and the daemon default # Note that the daemon will grow to this size, but does not start out holding this much # memory # -m 64 -m 128
Install Python Ceph Library
File search and WebDAV functions rely on Python Ceph library installed in the system.
sudo apt-get install python-ceph
sudo yum install python-rados
Create Pools for Seafile in Ceph
It's recommended to create separate pools for commit, fs, and block objects.
ceph-admin-node# rados mkpool seafile-blocks ceph-admin-node# rados mkpool seafile-commits ceph-admin-node# rados mkpool seafile-fs
Migrate Existing Data to Ceph
The migration process involves 3 steps:
- Create a Seafile config folder for Ceph
- Run the migration script
- Update seafile.conf
Create a Seafile Config Folder for Ceph
In the Seafile installation folder (e.g.
cd haiwen mkdir ceph-conf cp conf/seafile.conf ceph-conf
ceph-conf/seafile.conf, add the following lines:
[block_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf pool = seafile-blocks memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100 [commit_object_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf pool = seafile-commits memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100 [fs_object_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf pool = seafile-fs memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100
Now there are two seafile.conf files, one under
conf folder and the other under
Run Migration Script
From Pro edition 6.0.0 on, the migration scripts are included in the package. For older versions, you have to download the two scripts into
You have to shutdown Seafile server before running the script.
cd haiwen/seafile-server-latest ./migrate-to-ceph.sh ../ceph-conf
If there is any error in the migration process, the script will stop. After you check and fix the errors, you can run the script again. The script is designed to be idempotent to multiple runs. It only copies non-existing objects to Ceph. The script won't delete any objects from the file system backend.
After migration is done. You need to update
conf/seafile.conf to make Seafile server use Ceph as backend in the future.
cp -R conf conf-backup cp ceph-conf/seafile.conf conf/seafile.conf
After restart, Seafile server will use Ceph as backend.
Using memcached cluster
In a cluster environment, you may want to use a memcached cluster. In the above configuration, you have to specify all the memcached server node addresses in seafile.conf
memcached_options = --SERVER=192.168.1.134 --SERVER=192.168.1.135 --SERVER=192.168.1.136 --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100
Notes for Ubuntu 16.04
Since version 5.1.0 version, we upgraded the bundled Ceph rados library to 0.94.6. On Ubuntu 16.04, this causes some incompatibility. To work around this issue, you have to install librados 0.94.6 in the Ubuntu system (from Ceph's official repositories) and let Seafile use the library from system. To do this, you have to remove a few bundled libraries:
cd seafile-server-latest/seafile/lib rm librados.so.2 libstdc++.so.6 libnspr4.so
Use arbitary Ceph user
The above configuration will use the default (client.admin) user to connect to Ceph.
You may want to use some other Ceph user to connect. This is supported in Seafile.
To specify the Ceph user, you have to add a
ceph_client_id option to seafile.conf, as the following:
[block_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf # Sepcify Ceph user for Seafile here ceph_client_id = seafile pool = seafile-blocks memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100 [commit_object_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf # Sepcify Ceph user for Seafile here ceph_client_id = seafile pool = seafile-commits memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100 [fs_object_backend] name = ceph ceph_config = /etc/ceph/ceph.conf # Sepcify Ceph user for Seafile here ceph_client_id = seafile pool = seafile-fs memcached_options = --SERVER=localhost --POOL-MIN=10 --POOL-MAX=100
You also have to add this user's keyring path to /etc/ceph/ceph.conf:
[client.seafile] keyring = <path to user's keyring file>