Rob is correct.

drain is really on there for when you need the commit log to be empty (some upgrades or a complete backup of a shutdown cluster).

There really is no point to using to shutdown C* normally, just kill it...

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM, Rob Coli <rcoli@digg.com> wrote:
On 10/6/10 1:13 PM, Aaron Morton wrote:
To shutdown cleanly, say in a production system, use nodetool drain
first. This will flush the memtables and put the node into a read only
mode, AFAIK this also gives the other nodes a faster way of detecting
the node is down via the drained node gossiping it's new status. Then kill.

FWIW, the gossiper related code for "drain" (trunk) looks like it just stops the gossip service, which is almost certainly the same thing that happens if you kill Cassandra.

./src/java/org/apache/cassandra/service/StorageService.java
"
   public synchronized void drain() throws IOException, InterruptedException, ExecutionException
...
 setMode("Starting drain process", true);
       Gossiper.instance.stop();
"

./src/java/org/apache/cassandra/gms/Gossiper.java
"
 public void stop()
   {
       scheduledGossipTask.cancel(false);
   }
"

=Rob



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