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From Jim Cistaro <>
Subject Re: -pr vs. no -pr
Date Sat, 02 Mar 2013 20:43:58 GMT
One other slight advantage of -prŠ

We sometimes have repairs that hang and need to be killed and restarted.
-pr means you have to "redo" a fraction of the work.


-----Original Message-----
From: <Hiller>, Dean <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:46 AM
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: -pr vs. no -pr

>Sweeet, I %100 understand this now from these last few emails.  It has
>always been a bit confusing.
>From: Sylvain Lebresne <<>>
>Reply-To: "<>"
>Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 4:36 AM
>To: "<>"
>Subject: Re: -pr vs. no -pr
>On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:39 PM, Hiller, Dean
><<>> wrote:
>Isn't it true if I have 6 nodes, I could run nodetool repair on just 2
>nodes(RF=3) instead of using nodetool repair ­pr???
>Yes, it is true.
>And to precise further, in your case you have 2 options:
> 1) doing repair *without* -pr on 2 nodes (assuming you pick the correct
>2 nodes, it's *not* any 2 nodes)
> 2) doing a repair *with* -pr on the 6 nodes
>Both of those cases would 1) repair the full ring and 2) do the same
>amount of work.
>What is the advantage of ­pr then?
>As it happens, your case is a special case. You have a number of node
>that is a multiple of your replication factor. Now if that wasn't the
>case (say 5, 7 or 8 nodes with RF=3), then there is *no way* you can
>repair *without* -pr the whole cluster without doing *more* work than by
>doing a repair *with* -pr on all nodes.
>So the advantages of --pr (which btw, should be use for repair the whole
>cluster, not when you want to rebuild a specific node) are:
> 1) it always do the minimum of work, while repair without --pr is
>wasteful if the number of nodes is not a multiple of the replication
>factor (no matter how smart you are at scheduling the repairs).
> 2) even if your number of nodes is a multiple of the replication factor,
>you still have to make sure you pick the right N/RF nodes to repair if
>you don't use -pr. If you don't pick the correct ones, you will not
>repair the full ring. Using -pr is much more shoot-footing free: you have
>to run it on every node, period.

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