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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HBASE-2486) Add simple "anti-entropy" for region assignment
Date Sun, 25 Apr 2010 20:12:04 GMT
Add simple "anti-entropy" for region assignment

                 Key: HBASE-2486
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2486
             Project: Hadoop HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: master, regionserver
    Affects Versions: 0.20.5
            Reporter: Todd Lipcon

We've seen a number of bugs where a region server thinks it should not be serving a region,
but the master and META think it should be. I'd like to propose a very simple way of fixing
this issue:

1) whenever a regionserver throws a NotServingRegionException, it also marks that region id
in an RS-wide Set
2) when a region sends a heartbeat, include a message for each of these regions, MSG_REPORT_NSRE
or somesuch, and then clear the set
3) when the master receives MSG_REPORT_NSRE, it does the following checks:
a) if the region is assigned elsewhere according to META, the NSRE was due to a stale client,
b) if the region is in transition, ignore
c) otherwise, we have an inconsistency, and we should take some steps to resolve (eg mark
the region unassigned, or exit the master if we are in "paranoid mode")

Whatever we do, we need to make sure that this is loudly logged, and causes unit tests to
fail, when it's detected. This should *not* happen, but when it does, it would be good to
recover without addtable.rb, etc.

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