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From "Tobi Vollebregt (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-13430) HFiles that are in use by a table cloned from a snapshot may be deleted when that snapshot is deleted
Date Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:02:13 GMT

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Tobi Vollebregt commented on HBASE-13430:
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Oh, that's a good point. Let me try that locally as well.

> HFiles that are in use by a table cloned from a snapshot may be deleted when that snapshot
is deleted
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-13430
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-13430
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: hbase
>            Reporter: Tobi Vollebregt
>            Priority: Critical
>              Labels: data-integrity, master
>             Fix For: 2.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.1.0, 0.98.13
>
>         Attachments: hbase-13430-attempted-fix.patch, hbase-13430-test.patch
>
>
> We recently had a production issue in which HFiles that were still in use by a table
were deleted. This appears to have been caused by race conditions in the order in which HFileLinks
are created, combined with the fact that only files younger than {{hbase.master.hfilecleaner.ttl}}
are kept alive.
> This is how to reproduce:
>  * Clone a large snapshot into a new table. The clone operation must take more than {{hbase.master.hfilecleaner.ttl}}
time to guarantee data loss.
>  * Ensure that no other table or snapshot is referencing the HFiles used by the new table.
>  * Delete the snapshot. This breaks the table.
> The main cause is this:
>  * Cloning a snapshot creates the table in the {{HBASE_TEMP_DIRECTORY}}.
>  * However, it immediately creates back references to the HFileLinks that it creates
for the table in the archive directory.
>  * HFileLinkCleaner does not check the {{HBASE_TEMP_DIRECTORY}}, so it considers all
those back references deletable.
>  * The only thing that keeps them alive is the TimeToLiveHFileCleaner, but only for 5
minutes.
>  * So if cloning the snapshot takes more than 5 minutes, and the HFiles aren't referenced
by anything else, data loss is guaranteed.
> I have a unit test reproducing the issue and I tried to fix this, but didn't completely
succeed. I will attach the patch shortly.
> Workarounds:
>  * Don't delete any snapshots that you cloned into a table (we used this successfully--
we actually restored the deleted snapshot from backup using ExportSnapshot after the data
loss happened, which successfully reversed the data loss).
>  * Manually check the back references and create any missing ones after cloning a snapshot.
>  * Increase {{hbase.master.hfilecleaner.ttl}}. (untested)



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