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From Tyler Hobbs <>
Subject Re: Decommissioning node is causing broken pipe error
Date Thu, 05 May 2011 06:52:15 GMT
On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 1:21 AM, Peter Schuller

> > It's no longer recommended to run nodetool compact regularly as it can
> mean
> > that some tombstones do not get to be purged for a very long time.
> I think this is a mis-typing; it used to be that major compactions
> were necessary to remove tombstones, but this is no longer the case in
> 0.7 so that the need for major compactions is significantly lessened
> or even eliminated. However, running major compactions won't cause
> tombstones *not* to be removed; it's just not required *in order* for
> them to be removed.

I think he was suggesting that any tombstones *left* in the large sstable
generated by the major compaction won't be removed for a long time because
that sstable itself will not participate in any minor compactions for a long
time.  (In general, rows in that sstable will not be merged for a long

Tyler Hobbs
Software Engineer, DataStax <>
Maintainer of the pycassa <> Cassandra
Python client library

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