Snapdiff with Changelist

Snapdiff with changelist has been introduced in OneFS 8.2.2.0. It can return what regions of a file have been changed. However this functionality is hidden from WebUI and CLI and I see many customers are very interested in this new feature. This article will walk you through an example.

To create a snapdiff changelist, you have to add the option “–create-diffs” which is disabled by default.

# isi job start changelistcreate --newer-snapid=24 --older-snapid=22 --create-diffs

Note, you will not see this option in the help or description page of the CLI command.

After that you can either use isi_changelist_mod command to view the outcome. To include snapdiff deltas in the output, you have to add the option “–x”

# isi_changelist_mod -a 22_24 --x
st_ino=4306829722 st_mode=0100700 st_size=2837 st_atime=1614240223 st_mtime=1614240223 st_ctime=1614240223 st_flags=285212896 cl_flags=ENTRY_MODIFIED path=/ifs/test/test.txt
offset:0 size:2837 type: data

You can also leverage PAPI for the same purpose. The corresponding PAPI endpoint is:

platform/10/snapshot/changelists/<CHANGELIST>/diff-regions/<LIN>

Note, it’s only available starting from platform/10. To get a very detailed description of the PAPI you can use the following URL:

platform/10/snapshot/changelists/<CHANGELIST>/diff-regions/<LIN>/?describe
Resource URL: /platform/10/snapshot/changelists/<CHANGELIST>/diff-regions/<LIN>

    Overview: This resource represents the collection of snap diff regions.

     Methods: GET

********************************************************************************

Method GET: Get snap diff regions of a file.

URL: GET /platform/10/snapshot/changelists/<CHANGELIST>/diff-regions/<LIN>

Query arguments:
 resume=<string> Continue returning results from previous call using this token
                 (token should come from the previous call, resume cannot be
                 used with other options).
 limit=<integer> Return no more than this many results at once (see resume).
offset=<integer> 

GET response body schema:
{
  "type": [
    {
      "additionalProperties": false, 
      "type": "object", 
      "description": "A list of errors that may be returned.", 
      "properties": {
        "errors": {
          "minItems": 1, 
          "items": {
            "additionalProperties": false, 
            "type": "object", 
            "description": "An object describing a single error.", 
            "properties": {
              "field": {
                "minLength": 1, 
                "type": "string", 
                "description": "The field with the error if applicable.", 
                "maxLength": 8192
              }, 
              "message": {
                "minLength": 1, 
                "type": "string", 
                "description": "The error message.", 
                "maxLength": 8192
              }, 
              "code": {
                "minLength": 1, 
                "type": "string", 
                "description": "The error code.", 
                "maxLength": 8192
              }
            }
          }, 
          "type": "array", 
          "maxItems": 65535
        }
      }
    }, 
    {
      "additionalProperties": false, 
      "type": "object", 
      "properties": {
        "diff_regions": {
          "minItems": 0, 
          "items": {
            "type": "object", 
            "properties": {
              "byte_count": {
                "required": true, 
                "minimum": 0, 
                "type": "integer", 
                "description": "Byte count of change region.", 
                "maximum": 18446744073709551615
              }, 
              "region_type": {
                "required": true, 
                "description": "Type of change region.", 
                "minLength": 4, 
                "enum": [
                  "sparse", 
                  "data", 
                  "unchanged"
                ], 
                "maxLength": 9, 
                "type": "string"
              }, 
              "start_offset": {
                "required": true, 
                "minimum": 0, 
                "type": "integer", 
                "description": "Starting byte offset of change region.", 
                "maximum": 18446744073709551615
              }
            }
          }, 
          "type": "array", 
          "maxItems": 18446744073709551615
        }, 
        "resume": {
          "minLength": 0, 
          "type": [
            "string", 
            "null"
          ], 
          "description": "Provide this token as the 'resume' query argument to continue listing results.", 
          "maxLength": 8192
        }
      }
    }
  ]
}

Here is the output for the same example:

URL:

https://192.168.116.188:8080/platform/10/snapshot/changelists/22_24/diff-regions/4306829722

Outcome:

{
"diff_regions" : 
[

{
"byte_count" : 2837,
"region_type" : "data",
"start_offset" : 0
}
],
"resume" : null
}

 

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