This document is for a development version of Ceph.

FreeBSD Implementation details

Disk layout

Current implementation works on ZFS pools

  • created in /var/lib/ceph

  • One ZFS pool per OSD, like:

    gpart create -s GPT ada1
    gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l osd1 ada1
    zpool create -o mountpoint=/var/lib/ceph/osd/osd.1 osd
  • Maybe add some cache and log (ZIL)? Assuming that ada2 is an SSD:

    gpart create -s GPT ada2
    gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l osd1-log -s 1G ada2
    zpool add osd1 log gpt/osd1-log
    gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l osd1-cache -s 10G ada2
    zpool add osd1 log gpt/osd1-cache
  • Note: UFS2 does not allow large xattribs


As per FreeBSD default parts of extra software go into /usr/local/. Which means that for /etc/ceph.conf the default location is /usr/local/etc/ceph/ceph.conf. Smartest thing to do is to create a softlink from /etc/ceph to /usr/local/etc/ceph:

ln -s /usr/local/etc/ceph /etc/ceph

A sample file is provided in /usr/local/share/doc/ceph/sample.ceph.conf

MON creation

Monitors are created by following the manual creation steps on:

OSD creation

OSDs can be manually created only, see Adding OSDs

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