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From "ramkrishna.s.vasudevan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-5848) Create table with EMPTY_START_ROW passed as splitKey causes the HMaster to abort
Date Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:27:54 GMT

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ramkrishna.s.vasudevan commented on HBASE-5848:

I have analysed this problem.
First thing is if we pass an empty byte array it is trying to form two regions with empty
start and end keys.
But the reason for it to abort is when it tries to form the two regions it so happens that
the region id generated from the System.currenttimeInMillis becomes same and it tries to create
the same node twice. And hence we get that aborting from the asyncSetOfflineInZooKeeper
CreateUnassignedAsyncCallback cb =
      new CreateUnassignedAsyncCallback(this.watcher, destination, counter);
    for (RegionState state: states) {
      if (!asyncSetOfflineInZooKeeper(state, cb, state)) {
The region Id is formed from
 public HRegionInfo(final byte[] tableName, final byte[] startKey,
                     final byte[] endKey, final boolean split)
  throws IllegalArgumentException {
    this(tableName, startKey, endKey, split, System.currentTimeMillis());

So there is always a chance that we get same region id but just because the start key and
end key changes we were not encountering this problem.
I suggest we add a logic explicitly to avoid 2 regions from getting formed and also the main
thing is can we take System.nanoTime for the region id.?

Even i was not able to get this repeatedly in testcases but a real cluster gives you the problem.
> Create table with EMPTY_START_ROW passed as splitKey causes the HMaster to abort
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-5848
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-5848
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: client
>            Reporter: Lars Hofhansl
>            Assignee: Lars Hofhansl
>            Priority: Minor
> A coworker of mine just had this scenario. It does not make sense the EMPTY_START_ROW
as splitKey (since the region with the empty start key is implicit), but it should not cause
the HMaster to abort.
> The abort happens because it tries to bulk assign the same region twice and then runs
into race conditions with ZK.
> The same would (presumably) happen when two identical split keys are passed, but the
client blocks that. The simplest solution here is to also block passed null or EMPTY_START_ROW
as split key by the client.

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