I have a smallish keyspace on my 3 node, RF=3 cluster. My cluster has no read/write traffic while I am testing repairs. I am running 0.8.4 of debian packages on ubuntu.

I've know run 7 repairs in a row on this keyspace and every single one has finished successfully but performed streams between all nodes. This keyspace was written to over the course of several weeks, sometimes with CL.write=ALL, CL.read=ONE but lately at QUORUM. 
So either I have faulty hardware, a faulty network or something is wrong. But because repairs on a freshly created 40GB keyspace come up with consistent ranges, I'm guessing it's neither the hardware or the network.

I could provide the data directories privately to a commiter if that helps... I assume an eighth repair would also stream stuff around. The data directories are : 8.3GB, 3.3GB and 3.1GB


2011/8/17 Philippe <watcherfr@gmail.com>
ctrl-c will not stop the repair. 
Ok, so that's  why I've been seeing logs of repairs on other CFs 

That's probably the 2280 issue. Data from all CF's is streamed over
Ah, I get it now.




Aaron Morton
Freelance Cassandra Developer

On 17/08/2011, at 10:09 AM, Philippe wrote:

One last thought : what happens when you ctrl-c a nodetool repair ? Does it stop the repair on the server ? If not, then I think I have multiple repairs still running. Is there any way to check this ?


2011/8/16 Philippe <watcherfr@gmail.com>
Even more interesting behavior : a repair on a CF has consequences on other CFs. I didn't expect that.

There are no writes being issued to the cluster yet the logs indicate that 
  • SSTableReader has opened dozens and dozens of files, most of them unrelated to the CF being repaired
  • compactions are taking place continuously on CFs other than the one being repaired, even CFs in other keyspaces
  • I see "Sending AEService tree" messages for CF not being repaired.

After a very long time, I got some AES messages indicating that streaming from node C had finished and then many minutes after that node B. And yet the pending stream count on node B hasn't changed.

The *-data.db files for the CF being repaired are about 70MB on-disk.

Maybe when a stream is fully received on node B, netstats indicates that no streams are pending but since they are not acknowledged, node A doesn't ?

2011/8/16 Philippe <watcherfr@gmail.com>
I'm still trying different stuff. Here are my latest findings, maybe someone will find them useful:
  • I have been able to repair some small column families by issuing a repair [KS] [CF]. When testing on the ring with no writes at all, it still takes about 2 repairs to get "consistent" logs for all AES requests.
  • Launching a repair one the smallest CF of the biggest KS has triggered a flurry of compactions and streams. Some of those streams are for other CF in that keyspace !?
  • During repairs (one at a time cluster-wide), I get 25-50% io waits & 35%-50% cpu usage on a 6 core SATA-disk setup
What is surprising to me (bug?) is that netstats shows me streams going from node A to node B at 0% progress. But netstats on node B doesn't show me any streams coming in. I'm thinking that repairs may be never ending and that may be messing up my compactions hence the huge pile up of compactions until the disk fulls.
I know there's an issue related to failed streams & repairs, could I be hitting it ?


2011/8/14 Philippe <watcherfr@gmail.com>
@Teijo : thanks for the procedure, I hope I won't have to do that

Peter, I'll answer inline. Thanks for the detailed answer.
> the number of SSTables for some keyspaces goes dramatically up (from 3 or 4
> to several dozens).

Typically with a long running compaction, such as that triggered by
repair, that's what happens as flushed memtables accumulate. In
particular for memtables with frequent flushes.

Are you running with concurrent compaction enabled?
Yes, it is enabled. On my 0.8 cluster, cassandra.yaml has this (it's commented). BTW, I have 6 cores on each server.
#concurrent_compactors: 1

> the commit log keeps increasing in size, I'm at 4.3G now, it went up to 40G
> when the compaction was throttled at 16MB/s. On the other nodes it's around
> 1GB at most
Hmmmm. The Commit Log should not be retained longer than what is
required for memtables to be flushed. Is it possible you have had an
out-of-disk condition and flushing has stalled? Are you seeing flushes
happening in the log?
No I don't believe there was ever an out of disk.  Yes it is flushing for the first couple of hours.
Then, when repair seems locked up, my log is mostly filled with lines such as this
INFO [ScheduledTasks:1] 2011-08-14 23:15:47,267 StatusLogger.java (line 88) [My_Keyspace].[My_Columnfamily]           45,105541               50/50               20/20
 Why is that ?

> the data directory is bigger than on the other nodes. I've seen it go up to
> 480GB when the compaction was throttled at 16MB/s
How much data are you writing? Is it at all plausible that the huge
spike is a reflection of lots of overwriting writes that aren't being
No, there's no bulk loading going on at the moment and I'm pretty sure there wasn't when it spiked up to that load.
I've never measured the load because it's a mix of counter increments and new counters all the time. It's not that much though.
Normally when disk space spikes with repair it's due to other nodes
streaming huge amounts (maybe all of their data) to the node, leading
to a temporary spike. But if your "real" size is expected to be 60,
480 sounds excessive. Are you sure other nodes aren't running repairs
at the same time and magnifying each other's data load spikes?
Yes, the two other nodes were running repairs. I had them scheduled at 8 hour intervals but they must have started.
When data is streamed from one to another, does that data go into the commit log as a regular write ?
 How much of a negative impact can that have on the repair going on on this node ?

> What's even weirder is that currently I have 9 compactions running but CPU
> is throttled at 1/number of cores half the time (while > 80% the rest of the
> time). Could this be because other repairs are happening in the ring ?
You mean compaction is taking less CPU than it "should"?
No, this should not be due to other nodes repairing. However it sounds
to me like you are bottlenecking on I/O and the repairs and
Yes, I/O is really high on the node right now. Around 50% I/O waits.
compactions are probably proceeding extremely slowly, probably being
completely drowned out by live traffic (which is probably having an
abnormally high performance impact due to data size spike).
Yes, the live traffic is 3 to 10x times slower during repair. Ouch... I hope I won't to do this too often while in production !

What's your read concurrency configured on the node? What does "iostat
-x -k 1" show in the average queue size column?
Average queue size on the disk (RAID-1 + separate LVM volumes for data, commit log, caches, logs)) varies between 2 and 90. I'd say the average is around 30-40. Very high variation.
Is "nodetool -h
localhost tpstats" showing that ReadStage is usually "full" (@ your
No backlog at all in tpstats
I've figured out how AES is logging its actions and it looks like it really is going through every CF in every keyspace and doing a tree request for every token range
So it really looks like it's just taking forever to compact stuff as it's repairing. 
I saw in another email that repairing was taking 2-3mn/ GB... it looks like a lot more for my ring. Anybody else have numbers ?