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From "Andrew Purtell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-13238) Time out locks and abort if HDFS is wedged
Date Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:33:00 GMT

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Andrew Purtell commented on HBASE-13238:

Yes we are pretty sure the HDFS level cause is/was HDFS-7005. 

I opened this to discuss aborting regionservers should HDFS get wedged for any reason (future
bugs...) but upon reflection we are limited in what we can do. Aborting may not work, if a
non daemon thread is stuck in HDFS code and is not interruptible. 

> Time out locks and abort if HDFS is wedged
> ------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-13238
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-13238
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Brainstorming
>            Reporter: Andrew Purtell
> This is a brainstorming issue on the topic of timing out locks and aborting rather than
waiting infinitely. Perhaps even as a rule.
> We had a minor production incident where a region was unable to close after trying for
24 hours. The CloseRegionHandler was waiting for a write lock on the ReentrantReadWriteLock
we take in HRegion#doClose. There were outstanding read locks. Three other threads were stuck
in scanning, all blocked on the same DFSInputStream. Two were blocked in DFSInputStream#getFileLength,
the third was waiting in epoll from SocketIOWithTimeout$SelectorPool#select with apparent
infinite timeout from PacketReceiver#readChannelFully.
> This is similar to other issues we have seen before, in the context of the region wanting
to finish a compaction before closing for a split, but can't due to some HDFS issue causing
the reader to become extremely slow if not wedged. This has lead to what should be quick SplitTransactions
causing availability problems of many minutes in length.
> The Hadoop version was 2.3 (specifically 2.3 CDH 5.0.1), and we are planning to upgrade,
but [~lhofhansl] and I were discussing the issue in general and wonder if we should not be
timing out locks such as the ReentrantReadWriteLock, and if so, abort the regionserver. In
this case this would have caused recovery and reassignment of the region in question and we
would not have had a prolonged availability problem. 

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