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From Viktor Jevdokimov <>
Subject RE: tombstones problem with 1.0.8
Date Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:55:34 GMT
Just tested 1.0.8 before upgrading from 1.0.7: tombstones created by TTL or by delete operation
are perfectly deleted after either compaction or cleanup.
Have no idea about any other settings than gc_grace_seconds, check you schema from cassandra-cli.

Best regards/ Pagarbiai

Viktor Jevdokimov

Senior Developer


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From: Ross Black []
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 03:38
Subject: tombstones problem with 1.0.8


We recently moved from 0.8.2 to 1.0.8 and the behaviour seems to have changed so that tombstones
are now not being deleted.

Our application continually adds and removes columns from Cassandra.  We have set a short
gc_grace time (3600) since our application would automatically delete zombies if they appear.
Under 0.8.2, the tombstones remained at a relatively constant number.
Under 1.0.8, the tombstones have been continually increasing so that they exceed the size
of our real data (at this stage we have over 100G of tombstones).
Even after running a full compact the new compacted SSTable contains a massive number of tombstones,
many that are several weeks old.

Have I missed some new configuration option to allow deletion of tombstones?

I also noticed that one of the changes between 0.8.2 and 1.0.8 was
which changed code to "avoid dropping tombstones when they might still be needed to shadow
data in another sstable".
Could this be having an impact since we continually add and remove columns even while a major
compact is executing?


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