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From Bjorn Borud <>
Subject Re: How to stop Cassandra running in embeded mode
Date Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:47:54 GMT
Jonathan Ellis <> writes:

> there's some support for this in 0.7 (see
> but fundamentally
> it's not really designed to be started and stopped multiple times
> within the same process.

I am currently struggling with some of the same issues (on 0.6.3). 

I think there are very valid reasons for being able to start and stop
Cassandra within the same JVM. in particular for various testing-related
scenarios, but also when one wants to experiment with embedding
Cassandra. (Having a single-node, embedded Cassandra can be great for
testing Cassandra-based applications without forcing "casual users" to
go through the ordeal of installing Cassandra).

Right now I have an ungodly mess that attempts to embed Cassandra by
wrapping the CassandraDaemon, generating a directory hierarchy for it
and populating the storage-conf.xml by way of a templating system and
then fires up Cassandra. 
It *sort of* works, except that I haven't found a way to shut Cassandra
down reliably. the stop() method doesn't really do anything useful in
this respect. (I'd prefer some way of being able to ask it to shut down
and then have some way of blocking until it is down). I think some of
the errors I am seeing (NPE at at
are probably due to some race condition because of this, but I am
guessing here.

I'll have another stare at the source.


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