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From "Keith Turner (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ACCUMULO-2232) Combiners can cause deleted data to come back
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:57:46 GMT


Keith Turner commented on ACCUMULO-2232:

bq. the performance implications will be huge and this is enough rope for people to hang
themselves with. However, I think a lot of people use combiners on tables
that are append-only and never delete

Thinking about this case where people want to use combiners and do not delete, there is the
exception option to consider.
Make combiners throw an exception if a delete marker is seen during a partial major compaction.
 However this only makes a user aware of the problem, it does not prevent the problem.  The
reason this approach does not prevent the problems is that by the time a delete marker is
seen, data that was supposed to have been deleted could have already been combined by a previous
partial compaction that did not see any delete markers.

> Combiners can cause deleted data to come back
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ACCUMULO-2232
>                 URL:
>             Project: Accumulo
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: client, tserver
>            Reporter: John Vines
> The case-
> 3 files with-
> * 1 with a key, k, with timestamp 0, value 3
> * 1 with a delete of k with timestamp 1
> * 1 with k with timestamp 2, value 2
> The column of k has a summing combiner set on it. The issue here is that depending on
how the major compactions play out, differing values with result. If all 3 files compact,
the correct value of 2 will result. However, if 1 & 3 compact first, they will aggregate
to 5. And then the delete will fall after the combined value, resulting in the result 5 to
> First and foremost, this should be documented. I think to remedy this, combiners should
only be used on full MajC, not not full ones. This may necessitate a special flag or a new
combiner that implemented the proper semantics.

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