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From Jeffrey Wang <>
Subject understanding tombstones
Date Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:54:16 GMT
Hey all,

I was wondering if this is the expected behavior of deletes (0.7.0). Let's say I have a 1-node
cluster with a single CF which has gc_grace_seconds = 0. The following sequence of operations
happens (in the given order):

insert row X with timestamp T
delete row X with timestamp T+1
force flush + compaction
insert row X with timestamp T

My understanding is that the tombstone created by the delete (and row X) will disappear with
the flush + compaction which means the last insertion should show up. My experimentation,
however, suggests otherwise (the last insertion does not show up).

I believe I have traced this to the fact that the markedForDeleteAt field on the ColumnFamily
does not get reset after a compaction (after gc_grace_seconds has passed); is this desirable?
I think it introduces an inconsistency in how tombstoned columns work versus tombstoned CFs.


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