I've got a 1.1.5 cluster, and a few weeks ago I removed some nodes from it. (I was trying to upgrade nodes from AWS' large to xlarge, and for some reason that made sense at the time, it seemed better to double my nodes and then decommission the smaller ones, rather than to simply rebuild the existing nodes serially.)
Now the remaining nodes are all frequently logging that the old, decommissioned nodes are dead and that their old token is being removed.... which is great, I guess, but why does my cluster know about them at all? Doing a nodetool removetoken doesn't work, as the dead nodes don't display in the ring. Is this expected behavior after a nodetool decommission? Is maybe something cached that I can safely uncache?