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From Jon Haddad <>
Subject Re: Full repair caused disk space increase issue
Date Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:38:13 GMT
The old files will not be split.  TWCS doesn’t ever do that.  

> On Jan 9, 2018, at 12:26 AM, wrote:
> Hi Alex,
> After I changed one node to TWCS using JMX command, it started to compact. I expect the
old large sstable files will be split into smaller ones according to the time bucket. But
I got still large sstable file.
> JMX command used:
> set CompactionParametersJson {"class":"com.jeffjirsa.cassandra.db.compaction.TimeWindowCompactionStrategy","compaction_window_unit":"DAYS","compaction_window_size":"8"}
> Logs:
> INFO  [CompactionExecutor:4] 2018-01-09 15:55:04,525 - Will
not compact /mnt/hadoop/cassandra/data/system/batchlog-0290003c977e397cac3efdfdc01d626b/lb-37-big:
it is not an active sstable
> INFO  [CompactionExecutor:4] 2018-01-09 15:55:04,525 - No
files to compact for user defined compaction
> The last log means something?
> Cheers,
> -Simon
> From: <>
> Date: 2018-01-05 15:54
> To: user <>
> Subject: Re: Full repair caused disk space increase issue
> Thanks Alex. Some nodes have finished anticompaction and disk space got reclaimed as
you mentioned. 
> BTW, after reading your post(
<>) on TWCS, I decided to use
TWCS, and doing the full repair is one of the preparation of changing to TWCS.
> From: Alexander Dejanovski <>
> Date: 2018-01-05 15:17
> To: user <>
> Subject: Re: Full repair caused disk space increase issue
> Hi Simon,
> since Cassandra 2.2, anticompaction is performed in all types of repairs, except subrange
> Given that you have some very big SSTables, the temporary space used by anticompaction
(which does the opposite of compaction : read one sstable, output two sstables) will impact
your disk usage while it's running. It will reach a peak when they are close to completion.
> The anticompaction that is reported by compactionstats is currently using an extra 147GB*[compression
ratio]. So with a compression ratio of 0.3 for example, that would be 44GB that will get reclaimed
shortly after the anticompaction is over.
> You can check the current overhead of compaction by listing temporary sstables : *tmp*Data.db
> It's also possible that you have some overstreaming that occurred during your repair,
which will increase the size on disk until it gets compacted away (over time).
> You should also check if you don't have snapshots sticking around by running "nodetool
> Now, you're mentioning that you ran repair to evict tombstones. This is not what repair
does, and tombstones are evicted through compaction when they meet the requirements (gc_grace_seconds
and all the cells of the partition involved in the same compaction).
> If you want to optimize your tombstone eviction, especially with STCS, I advise to turn
on unchecked_tombstone_compaction, which will allow single sstables compactions to be triggered
by Cassandra when there is more than 20% of estimated droppable tombstones in an SSTable.
> You can check your current droppable tombstone ratio by running sstablemetadata on all
your sstables.
> A command like the following should do the trick (it will print out min/max timestamps
too) : 
> for f in *Data.db; do meta=$(sudo sstablemetadata $f); echo -e "Max:" $(date --date=@$(echo
"$meta" | grep Maximum\ time | cut -d" "  -f3| cut -c 1-10) '+%m/%d/%Y') "Min:" $(date --date=@$(echo
"$meta" | grep Minimum\ time | cut -d" "  -f3| cut -c 1-10) '+%m/%d/%Y') $(echo "$meta" |
grep droppable) ' \t ' $(ls -lh $f | awk '{print $5" "$6" "$7" "$8" "$9}'); done | sort
> Check if the 20% threshold is high enough by verifying that newly created SSTables don't
already reach that level, and adjust accordingly if it's the case (for example raise the threshold
to 50%).
> To activate the tombstone compactions, with a 50% droppable tombstone threshold, perform
the following statement on your table : 
> ALTER TABLE cargts.eventdata WITH compaction = {'class':'SizeTieredCompactionStrategy',
'unchecked_tombstone_compaction':'true', 'tombstone_threshold':'0.5'}
> Picking the right threshold is up to you.
> Note that tombstone compactions running more often will use temporary space as well,
but they should help evicting tombstones faster if the partitions are contained within a single
> If you are dealing with TTLed data and your partitions spread over time, I'd strongly
suggest considering TWCS instead of STCS which can remove fully expired SSTables much more
> Cheers,
> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 7:43 AM <><
<>> wrote:
> Hi All,
> In order to evict tombstones, I issued full repair with the command "nodetool -pr -full".
Then the data load size was indeed decreased by 100G for each node by using "nodetool status"
to check. But the actual disk usage increased by 500G for each node. The repair is still ongoing
and leaving less and less disk space for me.
> From compactionstats, I see "Anticompaction after repair". Based on my understanding,
it is for incremental repair by changing sstable metadata to indicate which file is repaired,
so in next repair it is not going to be repaired. But I'm doing full repair, Why Anticompaction?
> 9e09c490-f1be-11e7-b2ea-b3085f85ccae   Anticompaction after repair     cargts   eventdata
   147.3 GB   158.54 GB   bytes     92.91%
> There are pare sstable files. I mean they have the same timestamp as below. I guess one
of them or both of them should be deleted after during repair, but for some unknown reason,
the repair process failed to delete them. 
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 237G Dec 31 12:48 lb-123800-big-Data.db
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 243G Dec 31 12:48 lb-123801-big-Data.db
> C* version is 2.2.8 with STCS. Any ideas?
> Cheers,
> -Simon
> -- 
> -----------------
> Alexander Dejanovski
> France
> @alexanderdeja
> Consultant
> Apache Cassandra Consulting
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