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From "Lars Hofhansl (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-5930) Periodically flush the Memstore?
Date Sat, 05 May 2012 22:31:48 GMT

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Lars Hofhansl commented on HBASE-5930:
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That (deferred flush) is what I told my colleague to use last week.
Would be nice if the client could control this (in addition to writeToWal, we could have writeToWalAsynchronously
- or something).

A periodic memstore flush still make sense. If I get some time next week I'll come up with
a patch (unless somebody else wants to take this :) ).
                
> Periodically flush the Memstore?
> --------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-5930
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-5930
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Lars Hofhansl
>            Priority: Minor
>
> A colleague of mine ran into an interesting issue.
> He inserted some data with the WAL disabled, which happened to fit in the aggregate Memstores
memory.
> Two weeks later he a had problem with the HDFS cluster, which caused the region servers
to abort. He found that his data was lost. Looking at the log we found that the Memstores
were not flushed at all during these two weeks.
> Should we have an option to flush memstores periodically. There are obvious downsides
to this, like many small storefiles, etc.

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