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From Patrick Hunt <ph...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Semantics of ConnectionLoss exception
Date Thu, 26 Mar 2009 04:48:53 GMT
Mahadev Konar wrote:
> Hi Nitay,
>  > 
>> - Does this event happening mean my ephemeral nodes will go away?
> No. the client will try connecting to other servers and if its not able to
> reconnect to the servers within the remaining session timeout.
> If the client is not able to connect within the remaining session timeout,
> the session will expire and you will get a session expired event.

Isn't it the case that the client won't get session expired until it's 
able to connect to a server, right? So what might happen is that the 
client loses connection to the server, the server eventually expires the 
client and deletes ephemerals (notifying all watchers) but the client 
won't see the "session expiration" until it is able to reconnect to one 
of the servers. ie the client doesn't know it's been expired until it's 
able to reconnect to the cluster, at which point it's notified that it's 
been expired.

> http://hadoop.apache.org/zookeeper/docs/r3.0.1/zookeeperProgrammers.html
> Has this information scattered around, but we should put it in the FAQ
> specifically. 

3.0.1 is a bit old, try this for the latest docs:

> - Is the ZooKeeper handle I'm using dead after this event?
> Again no. your handle is valid until you get an session expiry event or you
> do a zoo_close on your handle.
> Thanks 
> mahadev
> On 3/25/09 5:42 PM, "Nitay" <nitayj@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm a little unclear about the ConnectionLoss exception as it's described in
>> the FAQ and would like some clarification.
>> From the state diagram, http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/ZooKeeper/FAQ#1, there
>> are three events that cause a ConnectionLoss:
>> 1) In Connecting state, call close().
>> 2) In Connected state, call close().
>> 3) In Connected state, get disconnected.
>> It's the third one I'm unclear about.
>> - Does this event happening mean my ephemeral nodes will go away?
>> - Is the ZooKeeper handle I'm using dead after this event? Meaning that,
>> similar to the SessionExpired case, I need to construct a new connection
>> handle to ZooKeeper and take care of the restarting myself. It seems from
>> the diagram that this should not be the case. Rather, seeing as the
>> disconnected event sends the user back to the Connecting state, my handle
>> should be fine and the library will keep trying to reconnect to ZooKeeper
>> internally? I understand my current operation may have failed, what I'm
>> asking about is future operations.
>> Thanks,
>> -n

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