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From "Jeff Jirsa (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-11209) SSTable ancestor leaked reference
Date Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:44:18 GMT


Jeff Jirsa commented on CASSANDRA-11209:

Similar to CASSANDRA-10510 as well 

> SSTable ancestor leaked reference
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-11209
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Compaction
>            Reporter: Jose Fernandez
>            Assignee: Marcus Eriksson
>         Attachments: screenshot-1.png, screenshot-2.png
> We're running a fork of 2.1.13 that adds the TimeWindowCompactionStrategy from [~jjirsa].
We've been running 4 clusters without any issues for many months until a few weeks ago we
started scheduling incremental repairs every 24 hours (previously we didn't run any repairs
at all).
> Since then we started noticing big discrepancies in the LiveDiskSpaceUsed, TotalDiskSpaceUsed,
and actual size of files on disk. The numbers are brought back in sync by restarting the node.
We also noticed that when this bug happens there are several ancestors that don't get cleaned
up. A restart will queue up a lot of compactions that slowly eat away the ancestors.
> I looked at the code and noticed that we only decrease the LiveTotalDiskUsed metric in
the SSTableDeletingTask. Since we have no errors being logged, I'm assuming that for some
reason this task is not getting queued up. If I understand correctly this only happens when
the reference count for the SStable reaches 0. So this is leading us to believe that something
during repairs and/or compactions is causing a reference leak to the ancestor table.

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