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From Aaron Morton <>
Subject Re: Writes during schema migration
Date Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:42:44 GMT
It depends a little on the nature of the change, but you need some coordination between the
schema change and your code. e.g. add new column, change code to write to it or add new column,
change code to use new column and not old column, remove old column. 


Aaron Morton
New Zealand

Co-Founder & Principal Consultant
Apache Cassandra Consulting

On 19/12/2013, at 3:02 am, Ben Hood <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if anybody knows any best practices of how to apply a
> schema migration across a cluster.
> I've been reading this article:
> to see what is happening under the covers. However the article doesn't
> seem to talk about concurrent write access during the migration
> process.
> I'm naively assuming that you'd need to block all writes to the
> cluster before the migration is started. This is would be firstly
> because of potential consistency issues amongst the cluster nodes. But
> this would also be because you'd need two versions of your app to
> running at the same time.
> Does anybody have any experience with doing this kind of thing?
> Cheers,
> Ben

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