Rob and Jeff,

Thank you. It makes sense. I am on 2.1.10 and will upgrade to 2.1.12.

On Dec 7, 2015 7:05 PM, "Jeff Jirsa" <> wrote:

There are buggy versions of cassandra that will multiple tombstones during compaction. 2.1.12 SHOULD correct that, if you’re on 2.1.

From: Kai Wang
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Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 3:46 PM
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Subject: lots of tombstone after compaction

I bulkloaded a few tables using CQLSStableWrite/sstableloader. The data are large amount of wide rows with lots of null's. It takes one day or two for the compaction to complete. sstable count is at single digit. Maximum partition size is ~50M and mean size is ~5M. However I am seeing frequent read query timeouts caused by tombstone_failure_threshold (100000). These tables are basically read-only. There're no writes.

I just kicked off compaction on those tables using nodetool. Hopefully it can remove those tombstones. But is it normal to have these many tombstones after the initial compactions? Is this related to the fact the original data has lots of nulls?