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From Tyler Hobbs <>
Subject Re: Triggering Major Compaction
Date Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:36:13 GMT
Major compactions should only be considered when your rows tend to be split
across many SSTables. i.e., you are constantly appending to or updating
rows.  Even then, they do put quite a load on your node, so they are less
attractive if you don't have slow periods to run them.  It should also be
noted that tombstones were only removed during major compactions before

If you do schedule them, you should stagger your compactions around the ring
so that they aren't all occurring at once.  Since #1812 ( is done, you can also
consider only compacting one CF at a time to reduce the impact with 0.7.0 or

- Tyler

On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:37 AM, Colin Vipurs <> wrote:

> We've had our small cluster successfully running in production for ~6
> weeks now with everything working beautifully.  Over the weekend I
> noticed the load on 2 boxes shoot up to 5-6x that of the others and
> after kicking off a major compaction the load has come back down to
> normal.  What procedure should be used for triggering major
> compaction? I'm sure I read somewhere that just cron'ing it to run on
> a regular schedule isn't such a good idea, but it looks like something
> we're going to have to do.
> Is anyone else hitting this and what are you doing?
> --
> Maybe she awoke to see the roommate's boyfriend swinging from the
> chandelier wearing a boar's head.
> Something which you, I, and everyone else would call "Tuesday", of course.

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