nbdkit-S3-plugin - Man Page

expose data in Amazon S3 or Ceph buckets as block device

Synopsis

 nbdkit S3 [access-key=...] [secret-key=...] [session-token=...]
           [endpoint-url=...]
           [size=NN object-size=NN]
           bucket=BUCKET key=STRING

Description

nbdkit-S3-plugin is a plugin for nbdkit(1) which lets you open objects stored in Amazon S3 or Ceph as disk images.

This plugin uses the Python Amazon Web Services SDK called Boto3.

Examples

 nbdkit S3 endpoint-url=https://ceph.example.com \
           bucket=MY-BUCKET key=disk.img

Provides read only block device holding the data contained in the “disk.img” object.

 nbdkit S3 endpoint-url=https://ceph.example.com \
           size=50G object-size=128k \
           bucket=MY-BUCKET key=disk

Provides a read-write block device with size 50G, whose contents are stored multiple in objects of size 128k, prefixed with disk/

Parameters

access-key=ACCESS_KEY
secret-key=SECRET_KEY
session-token=SESSION_TOKEN

The AWS credentials may be specified on the command line using these parameters, but it is more secure to pass them using files (see “Credentials” below).

endpoint-url=ENDPOINT

If accessing Ceph or another compatible S3 service, provide the endpoint URL through this parameter.

bucket=BUCKET

The bucket containing the object(s).  This parameter is required.

key=STRING

The object name (if size is not specified) or object prefix (if size is specified) to use within the bucket.  This parameter is required.

size=SIZE
object-size=SIZE

These two parameters must always be specified together. If set, data will be split into blocks of object-size and stored as separate objects. The block device will report a total size of size and be writeable and trim-able.

Object names will have the form key/%16x, where %16x is the 16-digit hexadecimal block number. If there are existing objects under such name that do not have the expected size, the plugin will crash.

Performance Considerations

It is highly recommended that clients do their utmost to issue requests that exactly match the object size: Smaller write requests will incur a performance penalty due to the need for read-modify-write cycles (thus also incurring latency from two network round-trips). Larger read and write requests will incur a performance penalty because of sequential execution.

The nbdkit-blocksize-filter(1) can be used to alleviate the impact of requests larger than the object size, but does not help if the client issues requests smaller than the block size.

The nbdkit-stats-filter(1) can be used to investigate what block sizes and alignments are used by the client.

When connecting through the Linux kernel's NBD module, consider setting /sys/block/nbd<X>/queue/max_sectors_kb to match the object size.

Credentials

Although AWS credentials can be passed to nbdkit on the command line, this is not secure since a user on the same machine could read them using ps(1).

A better way is to pass the credentials through the ~/.aws/credentials file.  This takes the form:

 [default]
 aws_access_key_id = XXX
 aws_secret_access_key = YYY

 [profile]
 aws_access_key_id = XXX
 aws_secret_access_key = YYY

Different profiles from the file can be selected by setting the AWS_PROFILE environment variable.

There is much more information about credentials in the Boto3 documentation.

Comparison to S3fs-Fuse and S3backer

s3fs-fuse (https://github.com/s3fs-fuse/s3fs-fuse) and s3backer (https://github.com/archiecobbs/s3backer) provide similar functionality but are based on FUSE (rather than NBD). They provide a regular file (backed by S3) which can then be loopback-mounted to provide a block device. s3backer also supports to optionally encrypt and compress objects.

In theory, NBD should provide better performance than FUSE, because:

However, for high-bandwith network connections s3backer and s3fs-fuse may be faster because they are written in C rather than Python.

Files

$plugindir/nbdkit-S3-plugin

The plugin.

Use nbdkit --dump-config to find the location of $plugindir.

$HOME/.aws/credentials

AWS credentials can be passed to boto3 using this file.

Environment Variables

AWS_*

Boto3 reads some credential information from AWS_* environment variables.

Version

nbdkit-S3-plugin first appeared in nbdkit 1.24.

See Also

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-plugin(3), nbdkit-python-plugin(3), https://pypi.org/project/boto3/, https://boto3.amazonaws.com/v1/documentation/api/latest/index.html, https://boto3.amazonaws.com/v1/documentation/api/latest/guide/credentials.html.

Authors

Richard W.M. Jones

Nikolaus Rath

License

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY RED HAT AND CONTRIBUTORS ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL RED HAT OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Referenced By

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-plugin(3), nbdkit-release-notes-1.24(1), nbdkit-release-notes-1.32(1).

2022-08-01 nbdkit-1.32.0