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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-4245) Cluster hangs if RS serving root fails during startup sequence
Date Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:57:38 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HBASE-4245:
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I think what may have happened in my case was that the server shutdown handler pool had 3
threads. The timeout manager kicked in 3 times, but after that, the three threads were taken
up, and all blocked on META, but the server that had been hosting ROOT was stuck non-recovered.

I'm thinking the best way to deal with this is to divorce the log-splitting threadpool from
the reassignment of regions from the dead server. Will think on this.



> Cluster hangs if RS serving root fails during startup sequence
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-4245
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-4245
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: master
>    Affects Versions: 0.90.3
>            Reporter: Todd Lipcon
>            Assignee: ramkrishna.s.vasudevan
>
> On a large-ish cluster, the following sequence of events was seen to happen:
> - master started, ROOT and META were both unassigned
> - ROOT is assigned to rs01
> - META is assigned to rs02
> - Upon open of META, it writes its location into ROOT on rs01
> - rs01 crashes while appending to its HLog due to some other bug
> - rs02 fails the region open sequence
> - master notices that rs01 has crashed, and enqueues a ServerShutdownHandler
> - ServerShutdownHandler blocks on CatalogTracker.waitForMeta() since ROOT and META are
not assigned yet
> - master times out assignment of META, but never succeeds because ROOT location is still
marked as rs01
> This causes the cluster to never start up.

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