Allan, 
I'm a bit confused about what you are trying to do here. You have 2 nodes with RF = ? , you lost one node completely and now you want to...

Just get a cluster running again, don't worry about the data.
OR
Restore the data from the dead node. 
OR
Create a cluster with the data from the remaining node and a new node.

Aaron


On 08 Oct, 2010,at 11:15 AM, Allan Carroll <allanca@gmail.com> wrote:

I was able to figure out to use the sstable2json tool to get the values out of the system keyspace.

Unfortunately, the node that went down took all of it's data with it and I only have access to the system keyspace of the remaining live node. There were only two nodes and the one left should have a whole DB copy.

Running removetoken on any of the values that appeared to be tokens in the LocationInfo cf hasn't done any good. Perhaps I'm missing which value is the token of the dead node? Or, is there a way to take down the last node and bring back up a new cluster using the sstables that I have on the remaining node?

-Allan

On Oct 7, 2010, at 3:22 PM, Allan Carroll wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> I had a node go down that I'm not able to get a token for from nodetool ring.
>
> The wiki says:
>
> "You can obtain the dead node's token by running nodetool ring on any live node, unless there was some kind of outage, and the others came up but not the down one -- in that case, you can retrieve the token from the live nodes' system tables."
>
> But, I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the system keyspace to give up the secret. All attempts end up in:
>
> ERROR [pool-1-thread-2] 2010-10-07 21:20:44,865 Cassandra.java (line 1280) Internal error processing get_slice
> java.lang.RuntimeException: No replica strategy configured for system
>
>
> Can someone point me at a good way to get the token?
>
> Thanks
> -Allan