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From Paulo Motta <>
Subject Re: auto_boorstrap when a node is down
Date Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:55:51 GMT
When you add a node it will take over the range of an existing node, and
thus it should stream data from it to maintain consistency. If the existing
node is unavailable, the new node may fetch the data from a different
replica, which may not have some of data from the node which you are taking
the range for, what may break consistency.

For example, imagine a ring with nodes A, B and C, RF=3. The row X=1 maps
to node A and is replicated in nodes B and C, so the initial arrangement
will be:

A(X=1), B(X=1) and C(X=1)

Node B is down and you write X=2 to A, which replicates the data only to C
since B is down (and hinted handoff is disabled). The write succeeds at
QUORUM. The new arragement becomes:

A(X=2), B(X=1), C(X=2) (if any of the nodes is down, any read at QUORUM
will fetch the correct value of X=2)

Now imagine you add a new node D between A and B. If D streams data from A,
the new replica group will become:

A, D(X=2), B(X=1), C(X=2) (if any of the nodes is down, any read at QUORUM
will fetch the correct value of X=2)

But if A is down when you bootstrap D and you have
-Dcassandra.consistent.rangemovement=false, D may stream data from B, so
the new replica group will be:

A, D(X=1), B(X=1), C(X=2)

Now, if C becomes down, reads at QUORUM will succeed but return the stale
value of X=1, so consistency is broken.

If you're continuously running repair, have hinted handoff and read repair
enabled, the probability of something like this happening will decrease,
but it may still happen. If this is not a problem you may use option
-Dcassandra.consistent.rangemovement=false to bootstrap a node when another
node is down. See CASSANDRA-2434 for more background.

2016-03-30 11:14 GMT-03:00 Peddi, Praveen <>:

> Hello all,
> We just upgraded to 2.2.4 (from 2.0.9) and we noticed one issue when new
> nodes are added. When we add a new node when no nodes are down in the
> cluster, everything works fine but when we add new node while 1 node is
> down, I am seeing following error. My understanding was when auto_bootstrap
> is enabled, bootstrapping process uses QUORUM consistency so it should work
> when one node is down. Is that not correct? Is there a way to add a new
> node with bootstrapping, but not using replace address option? We use auto
> scaling and new node gets added automatically when one node goes down and
> since its all scripted I can’t use replace address in file
> as a one-time option.
> One fallback mechanism we could use is to disable auto bootstrap and let
> read repairs populate the data over time but its not ideal. Is this even a
> good alternative to this failure?
> ERROR 20:30:45 Exception encountered during startup
> java.lang.RuntimeException: A node required to move the data consistently
> is down (/xx.xx.xx.xx). If you wish to move the data from a potentially
> inconsistent replica, restart the node with
> -Dcassandra.consistent.rangemovement=false
> Praveen

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