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From "Pankaj Kumar (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-18167) OfflineMetaRepair tool may cause HMaster abort always
Date Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:40:18 GMT
Pankaj Kumar created HBASE-18167:

             Summary: OfflineMetaRepair tool may cause HMaster abort always
                 Key: HBASE-18167
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-18167
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: master
    Affects Versions: 1.3.1, 1.4.0, 1.3.2
            Reporter: Pankaj Kumar
            Assignee: Pankaj Kumar
            Priority: Critical

In the production environment, we met a weird scenario where some Meta table HFile blocks
were missing due to some reason.
To recover the environment we tried to rebuild the meta using OfflineMetaRepair tool and restart
the cluster, but HMaster couldn't finish it's initialization. It always timed out as namespace
table region was never assigned.

Steps to reproduce
1. Assign meta table region to HMaster (it can be on any RS, just to reproduce the  scenario)
2. Start HMaster and RegionServer
2. Create two namespace, say "ns1" & "ns2"
3. Create two tables "ns1:t1' & "ns2:t1'
4. flush 'hbase:meta"
5. Stop HMaster (graceful shutdown)
6. Kill -9 RegionServer (Abnormal shutdown)
7. Run OfflineMetaRepair as follows,
	hbase org.apache.hadoop.hbase.util.hbck.OfflineMetaRepair -fix
8. Restart HMaster and RegionServer
9. HMaster will never be able to finish its initialization and abort always with below message,
2017-06-06 15:11:07,582 FATAL [Hostname:16000.activeMasterManager] master.HMaster: Unhandled
exception. Starting shutdown.
java.io.IOException: Timedout 120000ms waiting for namespace table to be assigned
        at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.TableNamespaceManager.start(TableNamespaceManager.java:98)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.HMaster.initNamespace(HMaster.java:1054)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.HMaster.finishActiveMasterInitialization(HMaster.java:848)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.HMaster.access$600(HMaster.java:199)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.master.HMaster$2.run(HMaster.java:1871)
        at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:745)

Root cause
1. During HM start up AM assumes that it's a failover scenario based on the existing old WAL
files, so SSH/SCP will split WAL files and assign the holding regions. 
2. During SSH/SCP it retrieves the server holding regions from meta/AM's in-memory-state,
but meta only had "regioninfo" entry (as already rebuild by OfflineMetaRepair). So empty region
will be returned and it wont trigger any assignment.
3. HMaster which is waiting for namespace table to be assigned will timeout and abort always.

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