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From Jake Luciani <>
Subject Re: Thrift Perl API Timeout Issues
Date Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:25:49 GMT
Perhaps we should add this to the thrift/Cassandra FAQ?

On Oct 16, 2009, at 9:36 AM, Simon Smith <> wrote:

> I don't have an opinion on the default timeout.  But in my experience
> with other applications, you want to consciously make a choice about
> what your timeout, based on your architecture and performance
> requirements.  You're much better off explicitly setting a timeout
> that will cause your transaction to finish in a time a little longer
> than you'd like and then either re-try or error out the transaction.
> An alternate approach is is to set a quick timeout, one that is just
> over the 99.?th percentile of transaction times, and then retry.  (But
> whatever you do, don't just retry endlessly, or you may end up with
> this terrible growing mess of transactions retrying.)
> In either case, it's a good idea to be monitoring the frequency of
> timeouts, so if they increase over the baseline you can track down the
> cause and fix it.
> Just my $0.02.
> Simon
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Eric Lubow <>  
> wrote:
>> So I ran the tests again twice with a huge timeout and it managed  
>> to run in
>> just under 3 hours both times.  So this issue is definitely related  
>> to the
>> timeouts.  It might be worth changing the default timeouts for Perl  
>> to match
>> the infinite timeouts for Python.  Thanks for the quick responses.
>> -e

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