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From "Aaron Morton (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-2829) always flush memtables
Date Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:55:47 GMT
always flush memtables

                 Key: CASSANDRA-2829
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Core
    Affects Versions: 0.7.6
            Reporter: Aaron Morton
            Assignee: Aaron Morton
            Priority: Minor

Only dirty Memtables are flushed, and so only dirty memtables are used to discard obsolete
commit log segments. This can result it log segments not been deleted even though the data
has been flushed.  

Was using a 3 node 0.7.6-2 AWS cluster (DataStax AMI's) with pre 0.7 data loaded and a running
application working against the cluster. Did a rolling restart and then kicked off a repair,
one node filled up the commit log volume with 7GB+ of log data, there was about 20 hours of
log files. 

$ sudo ls -lah commitlog/
total 6.9G
drwx------ 2 cassandra cassandra  12K 2011-06-24 20:38 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 cassandra cassandra 4.0K 2011-06-25 01:47 ..
-rw------- 1 cassandra cassandra 129M 2011-06-24 01:08 CommitLog-1308876643288.log
-rw------- 1 cassandra cassandra   28 2011-06-24 20:47 CommitLog-1308876643288.log.header
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra 129M 2011-06-24 01:36 CommitLog-1308877711517.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra   28 2011-06-24 20:47 CommitLog-1308877711517.log.header
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra 129M 2011-06-24 02:20 CommitLog-1308879395824.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra   28 2011-06-24 20:47 CommitLog-1308879395824.log.header
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra 129M 2011-06-24 20:38 CommitLog-1308946745380.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra   36 2011-06-24 20:47 CommitLog-1308946745380.log.header
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra 112M 2011-06-24 20:54 CommitLog-1308947888397.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 cassandra cassandra   44 2011-06-24 20:47 CommitLog-1308947888397.log.header

The user KS has 2 CF's with 60 minute flush times. System KS had the default settings which
is 24 hours. Will create another ticket see if these can be reduced or if it's something users
should do, in this case it would not have mattered. 

I grabbed the log headers and used the tool in CASSANDRA-2828 and most of the segments had
the system CF's marked as dirty.

$ bin/logtool dirty /tmp/logs/commitlog/

Not connected to a server, Keyspace and Column Family names are not available.

Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 0: 444
Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 1: 68848763
Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 1: 61074
Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 1000: 43175492
	Cf id 1: 108483
Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 1000: 239223
	Cf id 1: 172211

Keyspace Unknown:
	Cf id 1001: 57595560
	Cf id 1: 816960
	Cf id 1000: 0

CF 0 is the Status / LocationInfo CF and 1 is the HintedHandof CF. I dont have it now, but
IIRC CFStats showed the LocationInfo CF with dirty ops. 

I was able to repo a case where flushing the CF's did not mark the log segments as obsolete
(attached unit-test patch). Steps are:

1. Write to cf1 and flush.
2. Current log segment is marked as dirty at the CL position when the flush started, CommitLog.discardCompletedSegmentsInternal()
3. Do not write to cf1 again.
4. Roll the log, my test does this manually. 
5. Write to CF2 and flush.
6. Only CF2 is flushed because it is the only dirty CF. cfs.maybeSwitchMemtable() is not called
for cf1 and so log segment 1 is still marked as dirty from cf1.

Step 5 is not essential, just matched what I thought was happening. I thought SystemTable.updateToken()
was called which does not flush, and this was the last thing that happened.  

The expired memtable thread created by Table uses the same cfs.forceFlush() which is a no-op
if the cf or it's secondary indexes are clean. 
I think the same problem would exist in 0.8. 

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