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From Jonathan Gray <jl...@streamy.com>
Subject Re: ANN: hbase 0.20.0 Release Candidate 2 available for download
Date Wed, 26 Aug 2009 16:04:36 GMT
I'm with Andrew.  -1 on RC2.

I don't see the value in putting 0.20.0 into the wild when there are 
known defects.  Just to release 0.20.1 shortly thereafter saying, this 
fixes important issues so please upgrade immediately.  It's completely 
acceptable to say, lots of people are using RC2 in production and it's 
fine to move forward with... and upgrade to the release when it is 
available.  Following release of 0.20.0, we should all be on a PR kick; 
blogging, tweeting, emailing, reaching out, and talking to everyone we 
can about the awesome new release.  So the initial release itself should 
be solid.

The balancing issue is a serious issue as it means if you lose a node 
and it comes back online, or if you add a new node, your cluster will 
suffer some serious reliability and performance issues.  I don't think 
we should consider this rare or fringe, in fact it means you can't do 
rolling restarts properly.

I experienced this in our running production system and eventually I had 
to keep running the cluster w/o two of my nodes.  If you have a node 
with a far fewer regions than the others, then all new regions go to 
that regionserver... load becomes horribly unbalanced if you have a 
recent-data-bias, with a majority of reads and writes going to a single 
node.  This led to that RS being swamped w/ long GC pauses and generally 
bad cluster stability.  It's a release blocker alone, IMO.  JSharp ran 
into this yesterday which is how we realized it had been uncommitted.

I *might* be okay with a release of 0.20.0 w/o a fix for HBASE-1784 
because it is very rare... however failed compactions leading to data 
loss is pretty nasty and we should really try to fix it for release if 
we squash RC2 anyways.  This is at least worth putting some effort into 
over the next few days to see if we can reproduce the issue and fix it 
(by rolling back failed compactions properly).  It's better that regions 
grow to huge sizes because compactions fail, thus no splits, rather than 
complete data loss.

HBASE-1780 should be fixed and should not be too difficult, but maybe 
not a release blocker.

HBASE-1794 we'll have to hear from Ryan what the status is of it.

No one wants to delay release any longer, but the most important thing 
we can do is make sure the release is solid... We can't say that we 
these open issue.

Also, HDFS-200 testing by Ryan is turning up some great stuff and he has 
had success (creating a table, kill -9ing the RS and DN, and META 
recovers fully and the table still exists... magic!).  If we wait until 
Monday or so to cut RC3 (hopefully with fixes for much of above), then 
perhaps by the time we're ready for release we can also have "official" 
but experimental support for HDFS-200.

Ryan mentioned if it works sufficiently well he'd like to put it into 
production at supr... and I feel the same here at streamy.  If it 
generally works, we'll want to put it into production as the current 
data loss story is really the only frightening thing left :)


Andrew Purtell wrote:
> There is a lot riding on getting this release right. There have been some serious bugs
unearthed since 0.20.0 RC1. This makes me nervous. I'm not sure I understand the rationale
for releasing 0.20.0 now and then 0.20.1 in one week, as opposed to taking the same amount
of time to run another RC cycle to produce a 0.20.0 without bad known defects. What is the
>     HBASE-1794: Recovered data still seems missing until compaction, which might not
happen for 24 hours. Seems like a fix is already known?
>     HBASE-1780: Data loss, known fix.
>     HBASE-1784: Data loss.
> I'll try to put up a patch/band-aid against at least one of these tonight. 
> HBASE-1784 is really troubling. We should roll back a failed compaction, not vaporize
data. -1 on those grounds alone.
>     - Andy
> ________________________________
> From: stack <stack@duboce.net>
> To: hbase-dev@hadoop.apache.org
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:21:33 PM
> Subject: Re: ANN: hbase 0.20.0 Release Candidate 2 available for download
> It will take a week or so to roll a new RC and to test and vote on it.
> Why not let out RC2 as 0.20.0 and do 0.20.1 within the next week or so?
> The balancing issue happens when you new node online only.  Usually
> balancing ain't bad.
> The Mathias issue is bad but still being investigated.
> Andrew?
> St.Ack
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 1:04 AM, Mathias Herberts <
> mathias.herberts@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 16:51, Jean-Daniel Cryans<jdcryans@apache.org>
>> wrote:
>>> +1 I ran it without any problem for a while. I asked Mathias if 1784
>>> should kill it and he thinks no since it is not deterministic.
>> Given the latest run I did and the associated logs/investigation which
>> clearly show that the missing rows is related to failed compactions I
>> change my mind and now think 1784 should kill this RC.
>> so -1 for rc2.
>> Mathias.

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