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From Jordan Zimmerman <jor...@jordanzimmerman.com>
Subject Re: Zookeeper syncing with Curator
Date Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:41:21 GMT
ZooKeeper is an eventually consistent system. Reads are always consistent in that they reflect
previous writes, however it is not possible to do what you describe. Reads are fulfilled by
the Node your client is connected to. Writes are always through the leader Node. In a dynamic
ensemble with lots of concurrent reads/writes there is no such thing a read reflecting all
active writes. 

You should consider a RDBMS like MySQL instead of something like ZooKeeper. 

Jordan Zimmerman

> On Mar 13, 2019, at 6:37 AM, Robin Wolters <rbn.wolters@googlemail.com.invalid>
> Hello,
> I use Zookeeper in a cluster setup and some of my read operations need
> to be consistent, meaning I have to make sure that a read always
> reflects all previous writes (which might be performed on another
> zookeeper server and has not reached all other instances).
> The idea is to force a sync before those reads to make them
> “consistent” reads with:
> client.sync().forPath(path)
> For this, I have these questions left:
> 1. Do you need to manually await the callback of sync before reading,
> or is the next read operation queued until the sync is complete?
> 2. Which amount of data is transferred between the nodes in this kind
> of manual sync?
>  a) Does it always transfer and process data from the master server
> even if the syncing node is up-to-date on this path - or only for
> those nodes that are really out of sync (i.e. sync only possible
> deltas)?
>  b) Does a sync on the path also force the parent nodes to sync?
>  c) Does a sync on the path also force all child nodes to sync?
>  d) How would one manually sync the complete data (as the regular
> sync does) of a node? Is client.sync().forPath("/") the way to do
> this?
> Anyone experiences with this?
> Best regards,
> Robin

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