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From "Tyler Hobbs (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-2434) range movements can violate consistency
Date Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:13:23 GMT

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Tyler Hobbs commented on CASSANDRA-2434:
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I tested bootstrapping a node while the preferred replica was down.  It turns out that CASSANDRA-6385
makes the bootstrapping node consider the replica up for long enough to pass the checks. 
It looks like we need to special case the 6385 behavior for bootstraps if we want this patch
to work.

> range movements can violate consistency
> ---------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-2434
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-2434
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Peter Schuller
>            Assignee: T Jake Luciani
>             Fix For: 2.1 beta2
>
>         Attachments: 2434-3.patch.txt, 2434-testery.patch.txt
>
>
> My reading (a while ago) of the code indicates that there is no logic involved during
bootstrapping that avoids consistency level violations. If I recall correctly it just grabs
neighbors that are currently up.
> There are at least two issues I have with this behavior:
> * If I have a cluster where I have applications relying on QUORUM with RF=3, and bootstrapping
complete based on only one node, I have just violated the supposedly guaranteed consistency
semantics of the cluster.
> * Nodes can flap up and down at any time, so even if a human takes care to look at which
nodes are up and things about it carefully before bootstrapping, there's no guarantee.
> A complication is that not only does it depend on use-case where this is an issue (if
all you ever do you do at CL.ONE, it's fine); even in a cluster which is otherwise used for
QUORUM operations you may wish to accept less-than-quorum nodes during bootstrap in various
emergency situations.
> A potential easy fix is to have bootstrap take an argument which is the number of hosts
to bootstrap from, or to assume QUORUM if none is given.
> (A related concern is bootstrapping across data centers. You may *want* to bootstrap
to a local node and then do a repair to avoid sending loads of data across DC:s while still
achieving consistency. Or even if you don't care about the consistency issues, I don't think
there is currently a way to bootstrap from local nodes only.)
> Thoughts?



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