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From "Jens Deppe (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (GEODE-1134) Stale Cluster Configuration Service
Date Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:43:25 GMT
Jens Deppe created GEODE-1134:

             Summary: Stale Cluster Configuration Service
                 Key: GEODE-1134
             Project: Geode
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: configuration
            Reporter: Jens Deppe

There seems to be an issue with the cluster configuration service, for which manual modifications
to the "cluster.xml" and/or "" files are only picked up by the servers when
the ENTIRE cluster is restarted.

The official user guide states the following: "If you make any manual modifications to the
cluster.xml or (or group_name.xml or files, you
must stop the locator and then restart the locator using the --load-cluster-configuration-from-dir
parameter. Direct file modifications are not picked up by the cluster configuration service
without a locator restart.". So basically you should be able to restart the members in a rolling
fashion, as long as the locators are restarted at first and they correctly pick up the new
cluster configuration files from disk, the servers should have the new cluster configuration
once they are restarted afterwards. 

This doesn't seem to be case according to some tests I've done.
Basically, customer's requirement is to be able to manually modify the cluster.xml file without
downtime, meaning that are okay with restarting the members one at a time, but not all of
them at the same time. They can't use gfsh scripts to make these modifications, they must
be able to manually modify the cluster.xml, that's their requirement.
For some reason is always required to stop the entire cluster (locators and servers); if you
don't, then the servers won't get the new cluster configuration. This can be reproduced in
every run (with one, two and three locators, it doesn't matter). The reproducible scenario
is attached to the JIRA, the steps are below:
1. Download and extract the file "".
2. Modify the file "00_setenv.txt", specifically the variables "JAVA_HOME" and "GEMFIRE" to
use your local installation directories.
3. Execute "" (start N locators and M servers, being N and M variables
defined in "00_setenv.txt").
4. Execute "" (creates two regions and one index, just for testing
5. Execute "". The main goal of this file is to replace the "cluster.xml"
file with another one (located in GemFire/cluster/config/cluster.xml), and restart the members
in different orders to verifiy whether the new configuration has been picked up by the servers
or not. After each selection you can choose the option "6" to verify the cluster configuration.
As you can see, only option 5 (shutdown the entire cluster) works correctly.
6. Execute "" and "" to delete everything.

This might be a documentation bug but I don't think so, if the cluster configuration is only
stored in locators, why do the options 2 and 4 not work?.

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