MogileFS efficiency and external syncronization

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Wed Jun 28 05:44:25 UTC 2006

Sounds like a good approach.  I'd happily take that new command, too, as
we've wanted it ourselves before (but just done query right to the
database, not via tracker).  And it should even be pretty fast.

On Tue, 27 Jun 2006, dormando wrote:

> Yo,
> We want to use MogileFS for more images, or to at least store and manage
> master copies of files. I have a feeling our load pattern would not work
> well with MogileFS though.
> Right now we have a code repo for high traffic static images, which gets
> syncronized to ramdisks on machines running lighttpd. Running them
> directly out of MogileFS is tempting since we can allow the artists easy
> upload/management and avoid nasty crap.
>  From what I've measured I really don't want to have small numbers of
> images hit extremely hard with the MogileFS setup, which for a well
> cached image:
> user -> firewall -> perlbal -> webapp -> memcached
> Then back up through perlbal -> mogstored -> user
> Lots of roundtripping. Lots of headers/protocols. Loading 30 images on a
> page will take noticably longer. Also, for our larger images with tons
> of hits, we'd have to set a mindevcount of 6+ to ensure the mogstored's
> could handle the load.
> The graphics servers are just:
> user -> firewall -> graphics (PF load balancing + a health check daemon
> I wrote).
> So what I would like to do is add a cronjob to our graphics servers that
> can syncronize a domain to local memory.
> If I'm understanding everything correctly, every time a key gets updated
> with a new file it gets a new fid? That fid should be a
> autoincrement-alike, so it will be the next highest in the series.
> So I add a tracker command that allows me to dump all keys in a domain,
> and a command that dumps all keys in a domain with a fid greater than N.
> Then I should be able to use those to ensure what's in mogilefs is what
> I have on disk?
> Those queries won't be incredbly fast however I don't intend to use them
> on domains with more than a few thousand keys, and can add an index if
> absolutely necessary.
> Are there any better approaches which are roughly as simple? Perhaps a
> way to make the mogstored hits not as nuts?
> -Dormando

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