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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-5850) change gc_grace_seconds default to 28 days
Date Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:16:49 GMT

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Jonathan Ellis commented on CASSANDRA-5850:
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bq. How about improving documentation around gc_grace_seconds for when it makes sense to increase/decrease
the default?

Totally reasonable.
                
> change gc_grace_seconds default to 28 days
> ------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-5850
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5850
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 2.0 beta 2
>            Reporter: Robert Coli
>            Priority: Trivial
>         Attachments: gc_grace_seconds_to_2419200_seconds_aka_28_days.patch
>
>
> Current default for gc_grace_seconds is 10 days. Attached patch changes all instances
of this 10 day default to 28 days. 
> Rationale :
> - 10 days is arbitrary, there is nothing special about the current value
> - human societies do not operate on cycles which are a multiple of 10 days, they operate
on a cycle of 7 day weeks
> - operators must run repair once every gc_grace_seconds, and with typical data sizes
(and compaction/streaming throttling) this might run for a significant fraction of 10 days
> - repair often fails, and detecting and working around that failure might also take a
significant fraction of 10 days
> - repair is the heaviest operation one can run on a cassandra cluster and operators are
therefore motivated to run it ~3x less frequently by default
> - the worst case impact is keeping data around for 18 days longer than the previous default,
and this only occurs in CFs which actually take DELETE operation
> - 28 days is an even multiple of 7 days and easily comprehensible as a default time in
which to schedule repair

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