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From "Toby Jungen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CASSANDRA-1093) BinaryMemtable interface silently dropping data.
Date Sun, 16 May 2010 05:18:42 GMT


Toby Jungen commented on CASSANDRA-1093:

Yes, I'm flushing each node after the import. I've also tried flushing the system keyspace
(no effect). As noted in the readme, I would not be surprised if this problem is unique to
my hardware/software configuration and isn't an inherent problem with Cassandra's BMT interface.

For what it's worth, I've hacked together a "workaround" for this problem by writing SSTables
directly (using, copying the generated files to appropriate directories
on the nodes, and then restarting the nodes. This solution is bound to result in other bugs,
but for now I've verified that there is no lost data with this method.

> BinaryMemtable interface silently dropping data.
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-1093
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Core
>         Environment: Linux Centos5, Fedora Core 4. Java HotSpot Server 1.6.0_14. See
readme for more details.
>            Reporter: Toby Jungen
>             Fix For: 0.6.2
>         Attachments: cassandra_bmt_test.tar.gz
> I've been attempting to use the Binary Memtable (BMT) interface to load a large number
of rows. During my testing, I discovered that on larger loads (~1 million rows), occasionally
some of the data never appears in the database. This happens in a non-deterministic manner,
as sometimes all the data loads fine, and other times a significant chunk goes missing. No
errors are ever logged to indicate a problem. I'm attaching some sample code that approximates
my application's usage of Cassandra and explains this bug in more detail.

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