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Evicting Replicas From a Disk (the CLI way)

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Kiefer Chang

Harvester replicates volumes data across disks in a cluster. Before removing a disk, the user needs to evict replicas on the disk to other disks to preserve the volumes' configured availability. For more information about eviction in Longhorn, please check Evicting Replicas on Disabled Disks or Nodes.


This document describes how to evict Longhorn disks using the kubectl command. Before that, users must ensure the environment is set up correctly. There are two recommended ways to do this:

  1. Log in to any management node and switch to root (sudo -i).
  2. Download Kubeconfig file and use it locally
    • Install kubectl and yq program manually.
    • Open Harvester GUI, click support at the bottom left of the page and click Download KubeConfig to download the Kubeconfig file.
    • Set the Kubeconfig file's path to KUBECONFIG environment variable. For example, export KUBECONFIG=/path/to/kubeconfig.

Evicting replicas from a disk

  1. List Longhorn nodes (names are identical to Kubernetes nodes):

    kubectl get -n longhorn-system

    Sample output:

    node1 True true True 24d
    node2 True true True 24d
    node3 True true True 24d
  2. List disks on a node. Assume we want to evict replicas of a disk on node1:

    kubectl get -n longhorn-system node1 -o yaml | yq e '.spec.disks'

    Sample output:

    allowScheduling: true
    evictionRequested: false
    path: /var/lib/harvester/defaultdisk
    storageReserved: 36900254515
    tags: []
  3. Assume disk default-disk-ed7af10f5b8356be is the target we want to evict replicas out of.

    Edit the node:

    kubectl edit -n longhorn-system node1 

    Update these two fields and save:

    • spec.disks.<disk_name>.allowScheduling to false
    • spec.disks.<disk_name>.evictionRequested to true

    Sample editing:

    allowScheduling: false
    evictionRequested: true
    path: /var/lib/harvester/defaultdisk
    storageReserved: 36900254515
    tags: []
  4. Wait for all replicas on the disk to be evicted.

    Get current scheduled replicas on the disk:

    kubectl get -n longhorn-system node1 -o yaml | yq e '.status.diskStatus.default-disk-ed7af10f5b8356be.scheduledReplica'

    Sample output:

    pvc-86d3d212-d674-4c64-b69b-4a2eb1df2272-r-7b422db7: 5368709120
    pvc-b06f0b09-f30c-4936-8a2a-425b993dd6cb-r-bb0fa6b3: 2147483648
    pvc-b844bcc6-3b06-4367-a136-3909251cb560-r-08d1ab3c: 53687091200
    pvc-ea6e0dff-f446-4a38-916a-b3bea522f51c-r-193ca5c6: 10737418240

    Run the command repeatedly, and the output should eventually become an empty map:


    This means Longhorn evicts replicas on the disk to other disks.


    If a replica always stays in a disk, please open the Longhorn GUI and check if there is free space on other disks.