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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: Question regarding the need to run nodetool repair
Date Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:29:58 GMT
On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Dwight Smith <>
> I have a 4 node cluster,  version 1.1.2, replication factor of 4,
read/write consistency of 3, level compaction. Several questions.
> 1)      Should nodetool repair be run regularly to assure it has
completed before gc_grace?  If it is not run, what are the exposures?

Yes. Lost tombstones could cause deleted data to re appear.
> 2)      If a node goes down, and is brought back up prior to the 1 hour
hinted handoff expiration, should repair be run immediately?

If node is brought up prior to 1 hour. You should let the hints replay.
 Repair is always safe to run.
> 3)      If the hinted handoff has expired, the plan is to remove the node
and start a fresh node in its place.  Does this approach cause problems?
You only need to join a fresh mode if the node was down longer then gc
grace. Default is 10 days.
> Thanks

If you read and write at quorum and run repair regularly you can worry less
about the things above because they are essentially non factors.

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