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From "Josh Elser (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ACCUMULO-1364) Silent failure after power outage
Date Thu, 09 May 2013 23:18:13 GMT


Josh Elser commented on ACCUMULO-1364:

bq. Today, my client said (and I paraphrase) "Accumulo lost data? That's a blocker."

No, Hadoop lost data. Taking what Eric says sounds like Accumulo closed a file in HDFS and
data was not actually sync'ed to disk.

bq. So, if you are using XFS and your system goes down hard, then you might lose data.

"You mean having delayed write back might cause my data to not be written?" No filesystem
is going to magically save you if your data wasn't actually written. How far are we going
to go in regards to a user-space application on top of a user-space distributed filesystem
to what happens in the kernel on one node to write bytes to disk (ignoring the fact that even
that does not guarantee you have bytes on spindles and not just disk cache). I certainly don't
hope this is going to go the way of "Accumulo requires ext3 with data=ordered".

This discussion seems to be barking up the wrong tree to me. I'm glad Eric has been able to
reproduce this at an HDFS layer (and I'm sure he'll work towards trying to get a fix there),
but isn't a better solution here to make sure Accumulo has the means to work around this?
The general consensus seems to be that people apparently think Accumulo should be resilient
despite unreliable power. Perhaps I can shift discussion to that: are there things that Accumulo
_could_ do on its own?
> Silent failure after power outage
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: ACCUMULO-1364
>                 URL:
>             Project: Accumulo
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: master, tserver
>         Environment: hadoop-1.0.4, accumulo-1.5-SNAPSHOT svn version 1470047
>            Reporter: John Vines
>            Assignee: Eric Newton
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 1.5.0
> We were doing some testing on an Accumulo snapshot using continuous ingest when the power
went out. When it came back we noticed some corrupt blocks in HDFS, mostly around the WAL.
I wasn't certain if that was a happenstance of how the sync blocks can turn out, so I went
ahead and started Accumulo to see if it could handle it. What I got wasn't what I expected.
> There are 0 errors reported on the monitor. It just sits with 5 tservers available and
no tablets online. The master appears it attempted to assign and then is waiting for the walog
to close, which never happens-
> {quote} 2013-04-30 10:38:23,648 [master.EventCoordinator] INFO : There are now 5 tablet
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,719 [state.ZooTabletStateStore] DEBUG: root tablet logSet []
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,720 [state.ZooTabletStateStore] DEBUG: root tablet logSet []
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,725 [state.ZooTabletStateStore] DEBUG: Returning root tablet state:
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,740 [master.Master] INFO : Loaded class : org.apache.accumulo.server.master.recovery.HadoopLogCloser
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,741 [recovery.RecoveryManager] INFO : Starting recovery of ed30bd24-b348-4344-8614-a2d79f933462
(in : 10s) created for, tablet !0;!0<< holds a reference
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,751 [master.Master] DEBUG: [Root Tablet]: scan time 0.04 seconds
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,751 [master.Master] DEBUG: [Root Tablet] sleeping for 60.00 seconds
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,823 [metrics.MetricsConfiguration] DEBUG: Loading config file: /cloud/accumulo/apache-accumulo-1.5.0-SNAPSHOT_1470047/conf/accumulo-metrics.xml
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,838 [master.Master] DEBUG: Finished gathering information from 5
servers in 0.21 seconds
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,841 [master.Master] DEBUG: not balancing because there are unhosted
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,852 [master.Master] DEBUG: Finished gathering information from 5
servers in 0.01 seconds
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,852 [master.Master] DEBUG: not balancing because there are unhosted
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,861 [metrics.MetricsConfiguration] DEBUG: Metrics collection enabled=false
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,874 [impl.ThriftScanner] DEBUG: Error getting transport to
: NotServingTabletException(extent:TKeyExtent(table:21 30, endRow:21 30 3C, prevEndRow:null))
>  {quote}
> That Exception repeats endlessly with periodic
> bq. 2013-04-30 10:38:34,756 [recovery.HadoopLogCloser] INFO : Waiting for file to be
closed /accumulo/wal/
> On the tserver in question, it seems to have no idea that it's supposed to be recovering
the root tablet though
> {quote}
> 2013-04-30 10:38:22,432 [tabletserver.TabletServer] DEBUG: org.apache.accumulo.server.tabletserver.TabletServer$ThriftClientHandler
> 2013-04-30 10:38:22,544 [metrics.MetricsConfiguration] DEBUG: Loading config file: /cloud/accumulo/apache-accumulo-1.5.0-SNAPSHOT_1470047/conf/accumu
> lo-metrics.xml
> 2013-04-30 10:38:22,549 [metrics.MetricsConfiguration] DEBUG: Metrics collection enabled=false
> 2013-04-30 10:38:22,551 [tabletserver.TabletServer] INFO : port = 9997
> 2013-04-30 10:38:22,621 [tabletserver.TabletServer] DEBUG: Obtained tablet server lock
> .102.202:9997/zlock-0000000000
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,266 [tabletserver.TabletServer] DEBUG: gc ParNew=0.00(+0.00) secs
ConcurrentMarkSweep=0.00(+0.00) secs freemem=8,486,794,504(+45,
> 036,880) totalmem=8,536,260,608
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,947 [tabletserver.TabletServer] DEBUG: MultiScanSess
0 entries in 0.07 secs (lookup_time:0.00 secs tablets:1
>  ranges:1) 
> 2013-04-30 10:38:23,986 [tabletserver.TabletServer] DEBUG: MultiScanSess
0 entries in 0.00 secs (lookup_time:0.00 secs tablets:1
>  ranges:1) 
> {quote}
> With that debug message repeating endlessly. Out and err files on the master and that
tserver are empty.

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