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From Mike Hugo <>
Subject Re: Determining the cause of a tablet server failure
Date Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:17:15 GMT
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!


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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