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From Aaron Morton <>
Subject Re: Question regarding consistency and deletion
Date Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:34:20 GMT
The Tomstones are removed after GCGraceSeconds (in the storage-config.xml), at the next Major

Take a look at  and Handling Failure on

This one explains the internal reason the tombstoned keys are returned

You could reduce the GCGraceSeconds. Others may have a better idea how to force it.


On 13 Jul, 2010,at 03:17 AM, Samuru Jackson <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm fairly new to Cassandra and started to set up a small cluster for
> playing around and evaluating it for my potential purposes.
> As far as I understand I can't remove whole rows - instead the columns
> of a deleted rows are removed and a client can decided based on the
> row's column count if it treats a part of a returned slice as deleted
> or not. Those empty rows are referenced as a Tombstone in Cassandras
> terminology- right?
> Is there any way to force the sync/garbage collection of the deletion
> of the such empty rows?
> Reading the mailinglist, this behaviour is relating to the weak
> consistency of Cassandra. What I don't understand is, why is it
> possible to remove the columns of a row, but not the whole row? Could
> you give me some further reading on this topic?
> Thanks!
> SJ

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