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From Victor Chen <>
Subject Re: Upgrade Limitations Question
Date Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:55:33 GMT
Yes, you can examine the actual sstables in your cassandra data dir. That
will tell you what version sstables you have on that node.

You can refer to this link: which
I found via google search phrase "sstable versions" to see which version
you need to look for-- the relevant section of the link says:

> Cassandra stores the version of the SSTable within the filename, following
> the format *Keyspace-ColumnFamily-(optional tmp
> marker-)SSTableFormat-generation*

FYI-- and at least in the cassandra-2.1 branch of the source code-- you can
find sstable format generation descriptions in comments of
Looks like for your old and new versions, you'd be looking for something

for 1.2.1:
$ find <path to datadir> -name "*-ib-*" -ls

for 2.0.1:
$ find <path to datadir> -name "*-jb-*" -ls

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Vasileios Vlachos <> wrote:

> Hello Rob and thanks for your reply,
> At the end we had to wait for the upgradesstables ti finish on every node.
> Just to eliminate the possibility of this being the reason of any weird
> behaviour after the upgrade. However, this process might take a long time
> in a cluster with a large number of nodes which means no new work can be
> done for that period.
> 1) TRUNCATE requires all known nodes to be available to succeed, if you
>> are restarting one, it won't be available.
> I suppose all means all, not all replicas here, is that right? Not
> directly related to the original question, but that might explain why we
> end up with peculiar behaviour some times when we run TRUNCATE. We've now
> taken the approach DROP it and do it again when possible (even though this
> is still problematic when using the same CF name).
>> 2) in theory, the newly upgraded nodes might not get the DDL schema
>> update properly due to some incompatible change
>> To check for 2, do :
>> "
>> nodetool gossipinfo | grep SCHEMA |sort | uniq -c | sort -n
>> "
>> Before and after and make sure the schema propagates correctly. There
>> should be a new version on all nodes between each DDL change, if there is
>> you will likely be able to see the new schema on all the new nodes.
> Yeas, this makes perfect sense. We monitor the schema changes every
> minutes across the cluster with Nagios by checking the JMX console. It is
> an important thing to monitor in several situations (running migrations for
> example, or during upgrades like you describe here).
> Is there a way to find out if the upgradesstables has been run against a
> particular node or not?
> Many Thanks,
> Vasilis

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