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From Dennis Schwan <>
Subject Re: Point in Time Recovery
Date Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:21:42 GMT
Hi Rob,

we need this for the worst case scenario, so our intention is to restore the entire cluster,
not a single node.
I am really not sure what the correct procedure would be. I think we have configured everything
properly so the nodes are archiving the commitlogs (even though I am not sure when exactly
a single commitlog gets archived) but we could not manage to recover a database from those
archived commitlogs. What we did was:

1. Insert "good" data into the cluster
2. Take a snapshot
3. Insert "good" data into the cluster
4. Note Timestamp
5. Insert "bad" data into the cluster
6. Shut down whole cluster
7. Delete SSTables and restore from snapshot
8. Set Timestamp in and restart the nodes

The archived commitlogs are copied to the restore directory and afterwards cassandra is replaying
those commitlogs but still we only see the data from the snapshot, not the commitlogs.


P.S.: Cassandra 2.0.6

Am 10.04.2014 23:17, schrieb Robert Coli:
On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM, Dennis Schwan <<>>
do you know any description how to perform a point-in-time recovery
using the archived commitlogs?
We have already tried several things but it just did not work.

Are you restoring the entire *cluster* to a point in time, or a given node? And why?

The only people who are likely to have any experience/expertise with that archived commitlog
stuff are the people from Netflix who contributed it.


Dennis Schwan

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