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From "Vijay (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-3690) Streaming CommitLog backup
Date Tue, 03 Jan 2012 00:40:20 GMT
Streaming CommitLog backup

                 Key: CASSANDRA-3690
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Tools
    Affects Versions: 1.1
            Reporter: Vijay
            Assignee: Vijay
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.1

Problems with the current SST backups
1) The current backup doesn't allow us to restore point in time (within a SST)
2) Current SST implementation needs the backup to read from the filesystem and hence additional
IO during the normal operational Disks
3) in 1.0 we have removed the flush interval and size when the flush will be triggered per
          For some use cases where there is less writes it becomes increasingly difficult
to time it right.
4) Use cases which needs BI which are external (Non cassandra), needs the data in regular
intervals than waiting for longer or unpredictable intervals.

Disadvantages of the new solution
1) Over head in processing the mutations during the recover phase.
2) More complicated solution than just copying the file to the archive.

Additional advantages:
Online and offline restore.
Close to live incremental backup.

Note: If the listener agent gets restarted, it is the agents responsibility to Stream the
files missed or incomplete.

There are 3 Options in the initial implementation:
1) Backup -> Once a socket is connected we will switch the commit log and send new updates
via the socket.
2) Stream -> will take the absolute path of the file and will read the file and send the
updates via the socket.
3) Restore -> this will get the serialized bytes and apply's the mutation.

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