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From "stack (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-543) A region's state is kept in several places in the master opening the possibility for race conditions
Date Tue, 23 Dec 2008 22:26:44 GMT

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stack commented on HBASE-543:

Patch is messy; some accesss to regionManager are synchronized whereas others are not.  Confusing.
  Also still wary of many threads synchronizing on a single important master object afraid
that someone in production is going to find a codepath that deadlocks -- and that it makes
the master less 'live'.  That said, I ran it under duress and no noticable degradation and
all unit tests pass.  Andrew Purtell's testimony in its favor sends me over to +1 on commit.
 At a minimum, its a big improvement over what we had before.   Also, this stuff will be rewritten
on ZK integration; we can do a better job then.

> A region's state is kept in several places in the master opening the possibility for
race conditions
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-543
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-543
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: master
>    Affects Versions: 0.1.0, 0.1.1, 0.2.0
>            Reporter: Jim Kellerman
>            Assignee: Jim Kellerman
>             Fix For: 0.19.0
>         Attachments: 543.patch, 543.patch, 543.patch, 543.patch-4, 543.patch-5, 543.patch-6,
recent-changes.patch, regionstate.txt
> A region's state exists in multiple maps in the RegionManager: unassignedRegions, pendingRegions,
regionsToClose, closingRegions, regionsToDelete, etc.
> One of these race conditions was found in HBASE-534.
> For HBase-0.1.x, we should just patch the holes we find.
> The ultimate solution (which requires a lot of changes in HMaster) should be applied
to HBase trunk.
> Proposed solution:
> Create a class that encapsulates a region's state and provide synchronized access to
the class that validates state changes.
> There should be a single structure that holds regions in these transitional states and
it should be a synchronized collection of some kind.

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