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From "ramkrishna.s.vasudevan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-3845) data loss because lastSeqWritten can miss memstore edits
Date Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:53:10 GMT

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ramkrishna.s.vasudevan commented on HBASE-3845:
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Ted,
I tried using the 'this.cacheFlushLock.isHeldByCurrentThread()'.
The problem here is as HLog.append() may be called by other thread whereas the HRegion.internalFlushCache()
is called by memstoreflusher thread.
So if we check this.cacheFlushLock.isHeldByCurrentThread() it returns false.

So as per your suggestion i have inlined the isFlushInProgress into wal.startCacheFlush()
and wal.abortCacheFlush() and still going with AtomicBoolean.
Is it fine Ted ? I am planning to upload the patch with these changes.

> data loss because lastSeqWritten can miss memstore edits
> --------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-3845
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-3845
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 0.90.3
>            Reporter: Prakash Khemani
>            Assignee: ramkrishna.s.vasudevan
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: 0.90.5
>
>         Attachments: HBASE-3845_1.patch, HBASE-3845_2.patch, HBASE-3845_4.patch, HBASE-3845__trunk.patch
>
>
> (I don't have a test case to prove this yet but I have run it by Dhruba and Kannan internally
and wanted to put this up for some feedback.)
> In this discussion let us assume that the region has only one column family. That way
I can use region/memstore interchangeably.
> After a memstore flush it is possible for lastSeqWritten to have a log-sequence-id for
a region that is not the earliest log-sequence-id for that region's memstore.
> HLog.append() does a putIfAbsent into lastSequenceWritten. This is to ensure that we
only keep track  of the earliest log-sequence-number that is present in the memstore.
> Every time the memstore is flushed we remove the region's entry in lastSequenceWritten
and wait for the next append to populate this entry again. This is where the problem happens.
> step 1:
> flusher.prepare() snapshots the memstore under HRegion.updatesLock.writeLock().
> step 2 :
> as soon as the updatesLock.writeLock() is released new entries will be added into the
memstore.
> step 3 :
> wal.completeCacheFlush() is called. This method removes the region's entry from lastSeqWritten.
> step 4:
> the next append will create a new entry for the region in lastSeqWritten(). But this
will be the log seq id of the current append. All the edits that were added in step 2 are
missing.
> ==
> as a temporary measure, instead of removing the region's entry in step 3 I will replace
it with the log-seq-id of the region-flush-event.

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