That can read data from previous versions, i.e. if you upgrade to 0.8 it can read the existing files from 0.7. 

But what you are doing with the sstable loader is (AFAIK) only copying the Data portion of the CF. Once the table is loaded the node will then build the Index and the Filter, this is the createBuild() call in the stack. It's throwing because version 0.8 does not want to make version 0.8 Index and and Filter files for a version 0.7 Data file. 

We get the same problem when upgrading from 0.7 to 0.8, where Repair will not work because it is streaming a 0.7 version data file and the recipient then tries to build the Index and Filter files. 

So to read 0.7 data from 0.8 just copy over *all* the files for the keyspace (data, filter and index). Then scrub the nodes so that repair can work. 

Hope that helps. 

Aaron Morton
Freelance Cassandra Developer

On 25/09/2011, at 6:07 PM, Yan Chunlu wrote:

yes, I did.  thought 0.8 is downward compatible. is there other ways to load 0.7's data into 0.8?  will copy the data dir directly will work?   I would like to put load of three nodes into one node.


On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM, aaron morton <> wrote:
Looks like it is complaining that you are trying to load a 0.7 SSTable in 0.8. 


Aaron Morton
Freelance Cassandra Developer

On 23/09/2011, at 5:23 PM, Yan Chunlu wrote:

sorry I did not look into it....  after check it I found version mismatch exception is in the log:
ERROR [Thread-17] 2011-09-22 08:24:24,248 (line 139) Fatal exception in thread Thread[Thread-17,5,main]
java.lang.RuntimeException: Cannot recover SSTable /disk2/cassandra/data/reddit/Comments-tmp-f-1 due to version mismatch. (current version is g).
        at org.apache.cassandra.db.compaction.CompactionManager.submitSSTableBuild(
        at org.apache.cassandra.streaming.StreamInSession.finished(
        at org.apache.cassandra.streaming.IncomingStreamReader.readFile(

does that mean I need to run scrub before running the loader?  could I just delete it and keep going?  thanks!

On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:16 AM, Jonathan Ellis <> wrote:
Did you check for errors in logs on both loader + target?

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Yan Chunlu <> wrote:
> I took a snapshot of one of my node in a cluster 0.7.4(N=RF=3).   use
> sstableloader to load the snapshot data to another 1 node cluster(N=RF=1).
> after execute  "bin/sstableloader  /disk2/mykeyspace/"
> it says"Starting client (and waiting 30 seconds for gossip) ..."
> "Streaming revelant part of  cf1.db..... to []"
> then showing the progress indicator and stopped. nothing changed after
> then.
> progress: [/ 1/72 (0)] [total: 0 - 0MB/s (avg: 0MB/s)]]]
> I use nodetool to check the node, nothing changed. no data copied
> to it. and the data dir also keep its original size. is there anything
> wrong? how can I tell what was going on there?
> thanks!

Jonathan Ellis
Project Chair, Apache Cassandra
co-founder of DataStax, the source for professional Cassandra support