The root cause was as I described. System tables were creating while running OpenJDK. Files were written to disk using snappy compression. Cassandra was later restarted with IBM Java. With the IBM JRE on a 32 bit arch, the native snappy library is not found; consequently, Cassandra is not able to read the SSTables on disk If IBM's JRE was used from the get go, there would have been no SSTable compression and hence no error.

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM, Robert Coli <> wrote:
On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM, John Sanda <> wrote:
> The machine where this error occurred had both OpenJDK and IBM's Java
> installed. The only way I have been able to reproduce is by installing
> Cassandra with OpenJDK, shutting it down, the starting it back up with IBM
> Java.

Maybe the root cause of the (non-repro) ?



- John