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From "Matteo Bertozzi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-7245) Recovery on failed restore.
Date Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:05:58 GMT

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Matteo Bertozzi commented on HBASE-7245:

The set of operations that have this kind of problem are:
 * create table: remove the table if failed (rollback) the user already received the failure
 * delete table: finish removing the table (rollforward) restoring the table is impossible
 * clone table: remove the table if failed (rollback) same as create table
 * restore table: finish restoring the table (rollforward) finish the restore
 * snapshot: removing the tmp folder (rollback)

One simple solution is to drop a "operation lock" file in the table folder, and on master
startup, if the file is present look at the operation enum serialized and execute the "rollback/rollforward".
(Note that if the master is not down, you can do the recovery catching the exception)
> Recovery on failed restore.
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-7245
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-7245
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: Client, master, regionserver, snapshots, Zookeeper
>            Reporter: Jonathan Hsieh
>            Assignee: Matteo Bertozzi
>             Fix For: hbase-6055, 0.96.0
> Restore will do updates to the file system and to meta.  it seems that an inopportune
failure before meta is completely updated could result in an inconsistent state that would
require hbck to fix.
> We should define what the semantics are for recovering from this.  Some suggestions:
> 1) Fail Forward (see some log saying restore's meta edits not completed, then gather
information necessary to build it all from fs, and complete meta edits.).
> 2) Fail backwards (see some log saying restore's meta edits not completed, delete incomplete
snapshot region entries from meta.)  
> I think I prefer 1 -- if two processes end somehow updating  (somehow the original master
didn't die, and a new one started up) they would be idempotent.  If we used 2, we could still
have a race and still be in a bad place.

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