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From "stack (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-14309) Allow load balancer to operate when there is region in transition by adding force flag
Date Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:40:45 GMT

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stack commented on HBASE-14309:
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bq. The assumption of this change is that the operator has run hbck and has a reasonable idea
why regions are stuck in transition before using the force flag.

There was nothing to this effect in patches until v6. Now it has below.

29	WARNING: Have you run hbck, etc, to determine the cause for region stuck in transition
30	  before using the "force" flag ?
31	Examples:

Should be more clear that it can do damage and make less reference to 'hbck', 'etc.', and
'rit'. 'For experts only. Forcing a balance may do more damage than repair when assignment
is confused.' Would be good to then link to a section in refguide on plus/minus/implications.

Agree it is good to expose tools to help in extreme. Dangerous options that may do more damage
than good need proper couching with warning including justification for why we need this option
when you open the issue. The original, la-de-dah text is: "This issue adds boolean parameter,
force, to 'balancer' command so that admin can force region balancing even when there is region
in transition - assuming RIT being transient." which comes across as you have nothing better
to do all day but add options on commands when in fact, you have good cause.

bq. In patch v6, added guard against system table region in transition even if force parameter
carries value of true.

What is this about? Why if operator thinks a force is needed, internally, we pass on it because
its a system table in transition...  Seems arbitrary. You provide no reasoning for the exclusion.


> Allow load balancer to operate when there is region in transition by adding force flag
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-14309
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-14309
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Ted Yu
>            Assignee: Ted Yu
>             Fix For: 2.0.0, 1.3.0
>
>         Attachments: 14309-branch-1.1.txt, 14309-v1.txt, 14309-v2.txt, 14309-v3.txt,
14309-v4.txt, 14309-v5-branch-1.txt, 14309-v5.txt, 14309-v5.txt, 14309-v6.txt
>
>
> This issue adds boolean parameter, force, to 'balancer' command so that admin can force
region balancing even when there is region in transition - assuming RIT being transient.
> This enhancement was requested by some customer.
> The assumption of this change is that the operator has run hbck and has a reasonable
idea why regions are stuck in transition before using the force flag.
> There was a recent event at the customer where a cluster ended up with a small number
of regionservers hosting most of the regions on the cluster (one regionserver had 50% of the
roughly 20,000 regions). The balancer couldn't be run due to the small number of regions that
were stuck in transition. The admin ended up killing the regionservers so that reassignment
would yield a more equitable distribution of the regions.
> On a different cluster, there was a single store file that had corrupt HDFS blocks (the
SSDs on the cluster were known to lose data). However, since this single region (out of 10s
of 1000s of regions on this cluster) was stuck in transition, the balancer couldn't run.
> While the state keeping in HBase isn't so good yet that the admin can kick off the balancer
automatically in such scenarios knowing when it is safe to do so and when it is not, having
this option available for the operator to use as he / she sees fit seems prudent.



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