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From John Vines <>
Subject Re: Determining the cause of a tablet server failure
Date Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:32:57 GMT
I don't like the idea of blending manual logging with log4j in a single
file. It's in the .err file already, I don't think anything else is

On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Adam Fuchs <> wrote:

> So, question for the community: inside bin/accumulo we have:
>   -XX:OnOutOfMemoryError="kill -9 %p"
> Should this also append a log message? Something like:
>   -XX:OnOutOfMemoryError="kill -9 %p; echo "ran out of memory >>
> logfilename"
> Is this necessary, or should the OutOfMemoryException still find its way
> to the regular log?
> Adam
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM, Mike Hugo <> wrote:
>> I'm chalking this up to a mis-configured server.  It looks like during
>> the install on this server the file was copied from the
>> examples, but rather than setting editing it to set the JAVA_HOME,
>> HADOOP_HOME, and ZOOKEEPER_HOME, the entire file contents were replaced
>> with those env variables.
>> I'm assuming this caused us to pick up the default (?)  _OPTS settings
>> rather than the correct ones we should have been getting based on our
>> server memory capacity from the examples.  So we had a bunch of accumulo
>> related java processes all running with memory settings that were way out
>> of whack from what they should have been.
>> To solve it I copied in the files from the conf/examples directory again
>> and made sure everything was set up correctly and restarted everything.
>> We never did see anything in out log files or .out / .err logs indicating
>> the source of the problem, but the above is my best guess as to what was
>> going on.
>> Thanks again for all the tips and pointers!
>> Mike
>> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Adam Fuchs <> wrote:
>>> There are a few primary reasons why your tablet server would die:
>>> 1. Lost lock in Zookeeper. If the tablet server and zookeeper can't
>>> communicate with each other then the lock will timeout and the tablet
>>> server will kill itself. This should show up as several messages in the
>>> tserver log. If this happens when a tablet server is really busy (lots of
>>> threads doing stuff) then the log message about the lost lock can be pretty
>>> far back in the queue. Java garbage collection can cause long pauses that
>>> inhibit the tserver/zookeeper messages. Zookeeper can also get overwhelmed
>>> and behave poorly if the server it's running on swaps it out.
>>> 2. Problems talking with the master. If a tablet server is too slow in
>>> communicating with the master then the master will try to kill it. This
>>> should show up in the master log, and also will be noted in the tserver log.
>>> 3. Out of memory. If the tserver JVM runs out of memory it will
>>> terminate. As John mentioned, this will be in the .err or .out files in the
>>> log directory.
>>> Adam
>>> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Mike Hugo <> wrote:
>>>> After running an ingest process via map reduce for about an hour or so,
>>>> one of our tserver fails.  It happens pretty consistently, we're able to
>>>> replicate it without too much difficulty.
>>>> I'm looking in the $ACCUMULO_HOME/logs directory for clues as to why
>>>> the tserver fails, but I'm not seeing much that points to a cause of the
>>>> tserver going offline.   One minute it's there, the next it's offline.
>>>>  There are some warnings about the swappiness as well as a large row that
>>>> cannot be spit but other than that, not much else to go on.
>>>> Is there anything that could help me figure out *why* the tserver died?
>>>>  I'm guessing it's something in our client code or a config that's not
>>>> correct on the server, but it'd be really nice to have a hint before we
>>>> start randomly changing things to see what will fix it.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Mike

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