By "it is still there" I mean that when I do get request in Cassandra cli I get the column, as well as when I try to read the column using Hector.
I don't think it is a matter of tombstone. I have the default gc_grace_seconds and I run repair weekly (will run on Sunday).
Other columns for same CF expire as expected after their 10 seconds pass.


Tamar Fraenkel 
Senior Software Engineer, TOK Media 

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On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM, Robert Coli <> wrote:
On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM, Tamar Fraenkel <> wrote:
I am using Hector HLockManagerImpl, which creates a keyspace named HLockManagerImpl and CF HLocks.
For some reason I have a row with single column that should have expired yesterday who is still there.
I tried deleting it using cli, but it is stuck...
Any ideas how to delete it?

"is still there" is sorta ambiguous. Do you mean that clients see it or that it is still in the (immutable) data file it was previously in?

If the latter, what is gc_grace_seconds set to? Make sure it's set to a low value and then make sure that your TTL-expired key is compacted?