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From Jonathan Ellis <>
Subject Re: can't write with consistency level of one after some nodes fail
Date Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:20:50 GMT
On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Edmond Lau <> wrote:
> I have a freshly started 3-node cluster with a replication factor of
> 2.  If I take down two nodes, I can no longer do any writes, even with
> a consistency level of one.  I tried on a variety of keys to ensure
> that I'd get at least one where the live node was responsible for one
> of the replicas.  I have not yet tried on trunk.  On cassandra 0.4.1,
> I get an UnavailableException.

This sounds like the bug we fixed in CASSANDRA-496 on trunk.

> Along the same lines, how does Cassandra handle network partitioning
> where 2 writes for the same keys hit 2 different partitions, neither
> of which are able to form a quorum?  Dynamo maintained version vectors
> and put the burden on the client to resolve conflicts, but there's no
> similar interface in the thrift api.

If you use QUORUM or ALL consistency, neither write will succeed.  If
you use ONE, both will, and the one with the higher timestamp will
"win" when the partition heals.


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