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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-2312) Possible data loss when RS goes into GC pause while rolling HLog
Date Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:19:27 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HBASE-2312:
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Maybe we can actually avoid this situation. If the Master sees an "intent to roll" record
that refers to a file it didn't see in the listStatus() it knows that the region server has
actually made progress since it was originally detected dead. Thus, it can abort the whole
recovery operation since the RS is known to be alive again.

> Possible data loss when RS goes into GC pause while rolling HLog
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-2312
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2312
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: master, regionserver
>    Affects Versions: 0.20.3
>            Reporter: Karthik Ranganathan
>
> There is a very corner case when bad things could happen(ie data loss):
> 1)	RS #1 is going to roll its HLog - not yet created the new one, old one will get no
more writes
> 2)	RS #1 enters GC Pause of Death
> 3)	Master lists HLog files of RS#1 that is has to split as RS#1 is dead, starts splitting
> 4)	RS #1 wakes up, created the new HLog (previous one was rolled) and appends an edit
- which is lost
> The following seems like a possible solution:
> 1)	Master detects RS#1 is dead
> 2)	The master renames the /hbase/.logs/<regionserver name>  directory to something
else (say /hbase/.logs/<regionserver name>-dead)
> 3)	Add mkdir support (as opposed to mkdirs) to HDFS - so that a file create fails if
the directory doesn't exist. Dhruba tells me this is very doable.
> 4)	RS#1 comes back up and is not able create the new hlog. It restarts itself.

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