I couldn't get the same-host sstableloader to work either. But it's easier to use the JMX bulk-load hook that's built
into Cassandra anyway. The following is what I implemented to do this:

import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import javax.management.JMX;
import javax.management.MBeanServerConnection;
import javax.management.MalformedObjectNameException;
import javax.management.ObjectName;
import javax.management.remote.JMXConnector;
import javax.management.remote.JMXConnectorFactory;
import javax.management.remote.JMXServiceURL;

import org.apache.cassandra.service.StorageServiceMBean;

public class JmxBulkLoader {

    private JMXConnector connector;
    private StorageServiceMBean storageBean;

    public JmxBulkLoader(String host, int port) throws Exception
        connect(host, port);

    private void connect(String host, int port) throws IOException, MalformedObjectNameException
        JMXServiceURL jmxUrl = new JMXServiceURL(String.format("service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://%s:%d/jmxrmi", host, port));
        Map<String,Object> env = new HashMap<String,Object>();
        connector = JMXConnectorFactory.connect(jmxUrl, env);
        MBeanServerConnection mbeanServerConn = connector.getMBeanServerConnection();
        ObjectName name = new ObjectName("org.apache.cassandra.db:type=StorageService");
        storageBean = JMX.newMBeanProxy(mbeanServerConn, name, StorageServiceMBean.class);

    public void close() throws IOException


    public void bulkLoad(String path) {


    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        if (args.length == 0) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("usage: paths to bulk files");
        JmxBulkLoader np = new JmxBulkLoader("localhost", 7199);
        for (String arg : args) {

On Jul 9, 2012, at 5:16 AM, Pushpalanka Jayawardhana wrote:

Hi all,

I am facing the same problem when trying to load Cassandra using sstableloader. I am running a Cassandra instance in my own machine and sstableloader is also called from the same machine. Following are the steps I followed.

  • get a copy of the running Cassandra instance
  • set another loopback address with "sudo ifconfig lo:0 netmask up"
  • set listen address and rpc address of the copied Cassandra's cassandra.yaml to
  • ran "./sstableloader -d <directory of created sstables>"
But this give me an error 'Could not retrieve endpoint ranges: ' and just that.

I am so grateful for any hints to get over this.
What I want to get done is actually running the sstableloader via a java code. But I couldn't get over it either and trying to understand the required args with this. It is great if someone can help me in either cases.

Thanks in advance!

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 5:16 AM, aaron morton <aaron@thelastpickle.com> wrote:
Do you have the full stack ? It will include a cause.


Aaron Morton
Freelance Developer

On 27/06/2012, at 12:07 PM, James Pirz wrote:

Dear all,

I am trying to use "sstableloader" in cassandra 1.1.1, to bulk load some data into a single node cluster.
I am running the following command:

bin/sstableloader -d /data/ssTable/tpch/tpch/

from "another" node (other than the node on which cassandra is running), while the data should be loaded into a keyspace named "tpch". I made sure that the 2nd node, from which I run sstableloader, have the same copy of cassandra.yaml as the destination node.
I have put


under the path, I have passed to sstableloader.

But I am getting the following error:

Could not retrieve endpoint ranges:

Any hint ?

Thanks in advance,


Pushpalanka Jayawardhana | Undergraduate | Computer Science and Engineering
University of Moratuwa