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From "Robert Stupp (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-10998) Snapshots can fail during compactions
Date Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:50:39 GMT

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Robert Stupp commented on CASSANDRA-10998:
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Note: my evaluation is probably wrong - need to investigate where the {{FileNotFoundException}}'s
really thrown.

> Snapshots can fail during compactions
> -------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-10998
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-10998
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Robert Stupp
>            Priority: Minor
>
> In an unlucky, unlikely and rare situation, a snapshot can fail when sstables are removed
(due to compaction) while the snapshots being taken.
> So - for example:
> # Compaction starts (compact sstable 1, 2, 3 to 4)
> # Snapshot operation starts with sstables 1, 2, 3
> # Compaction removes sstables 1, 2, 3
> # Snapshot tries to hard link to sstables 1, 2, 3 - failure
> I think it's a very rare but still possible race condition manifesting in {{SSTableReader#createLinks}},
which has been mitigated by CASSANDRA-7066 for 3.0 (introduced a {{File.exists}} before the
actual creation of the hard link).
> The problem without CASSANDRA-7066 is, that the snapshot just fails. The problem with
the if-clause is that the snapshot is inconsistent as it may not contain all sstable components
or even not all sstables without a failure.



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