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From Sylvain Lebresne <>
Subject Re: unrepairable sstable data rows
Date Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:30:22 GMT
Remove main-f-5-{Index|Filter|Statistics}.db files. They make no sense
without a Data file and
Cassandra always make sure it removes those before the Data file (that
while it gets confused if it
finds one of those file without a data file).

Note that your error was with the sstable main-f-232-Data.db, so it
would probably have been enough
to remove only main-f-232* (while it seems you have also removed
main-f-5-Data.db). I fear its probably
too late (it will just be potentially much more data to repair than necessary).

Out of curiosity, what version of Cassandra are you running ?


On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 12:08 PM, Jonathan Colby
<> wrote:
> Thanks for the answer Aaron.
> There are Data, Index, Filter, and Statistics files associated with SSTables.   What
files must be physically moved/deleted?
> I tried just moving the Data file and Cassandra would not start. I see this exception:
>  WARN [WrapperSimpleAppMain] 2011-04-11 12:04:23,239 (line 493)
Removing orphans for /var/lib/cassandra/data/DFS/main-f-5: [Data.db]
> ERROR [WrapperSimpleAppMain] 2011-04-11 12:04:23,240 (line
333) Exception encountered during startup.
> java.lang.AssertionError: attempted to delete non-existing file main-f-5-Data.db
>        at
>        at
       at org.apache.cassandra.db.ColumnFamilyStore.scrubDataDirectories(
>        at org.apache.cassandra.service.AbstractCassandraDaemon.setup(
> On Apr 11, 2011, at 2:14 AM, aaron morton wrote:
>> But if you wanted to get fresh data on the node, a simple approach is to delete/move
just the SSTable that is causing problems then run a repair. That should reduce the amount
of data that needs to be moved.

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