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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: unwanted node discovery
Date Sun, 02 Oct 2011 21:14:45 GMT
On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Eric Czech <> wrote:

> We're exploring a data processing procedure where we snapshot our
> production cluster data and move that data to a new cluster for analysis but
> I'm having some strange issues where the analysis cluster is still somehow
> aware of the production cluster (i.e. the production cluster ring is trying
> to include nodes from the other cluster with the same token).
> The seed addresses in cassandra.yaml definitely prohibit this type of
> intersection between the two clusters so I'm guessing that it has something
> to do with the information in the system sstables.
> Is there anyway to duplicate raw sstables in an effort to "copy" a cluster
> such that the copied cluster has a different name?  I know this usually
> results in a "saved cluster name X != Y" sort of error but it looks like we
> need to find some sort of way to do this logical separation.
> Any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks.

Cassandra stores information about the cluster topology in the system table.
This is stored in the LocationInfo column family. If you set AutoBootstrap
to false, assign the Initial Token correctly and wipe the LocationInfo
column family. Cassandra will have no memory of the topology. (You can also
wipe the entire system keyspace but then you have to reinstall the schema)

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