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From Aaron Morton <>
Subject Re: Marking each node down before rolling restart
Date Wed, 29 Sep 2010 21:58:35 GMT
Ah, that was not exactly what you were after. I do not know how long it takes gossip / failure
detector to detect a down node. 

In your case what is the CF you're using for reads and what is your RF? The hope would be
that taking one node down at a time would leave enough server running to serve the request. AFAIK
the coordinator will make a read request to the first node responsible for the row, and only
ask for a digest  from the others. So there may be a case where it has to timeout reading
from the first node before asking for the full data from the others.

A hack solution may be to reduce the rpc_timeout_in_ms

May need some adult supervision to answer this one. 


On 30 Sep, 2010,at 10:45 AM, Aaron Morton <> wrote:

Try nodetool drain 

Flushes all memtables for a node and causes the node to stop accepting write operations. Read
operations will continue to work. This is typically used before upgrading a node to a new
version of Cassandra.


On 30 Sep, 2010,at 10:15 AM, Justin Sanders <> wrote:

I looked through the documentation but couldn't find anything.  I was wondering if there
is a way to manually mark a node "down" in the cluster instead of killing the cassandra process
and letting the other nodes figure out the node is no longer up.

The reason I ask is because we are having an issue when we perform rolling restarts on the
cluster.  Basically read requests that come in on other nodes will block while they are waiting
on the node that was just killed to be marked down.  Before they realize the node is offline
they will throw a TimedOutException.

If I could mark the node being down ahead of time this timeout period could be avoided  Any
help is appreciated.

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