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From Alexander Shraer <shra...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: AW: Configuration management for zoo.cfg
Date Sun, 15 Dec 2019 03:35:41 GMT
Hi Ari,

Yes, you're totally right about the design goals.

A mode where historic files aren't preserved could be useful. This
could perhaps be added to the static config file as a parameter.

Alternatively / in addition, maybe we could slightly change the way history
is staved. I don't really like the fact that we're actually using
the file name to determine the version of the config (rather than
information inside the file), this is used internally in ZK to decide which
config to use (the one with higher number wins).
This method could fix this issue as well:
- File name always stays the same, addressing your problem, and we don't
need to edit the static config file every time.
- Dynamic config file contains the config version as a key.
- Before overwriting the dynamic config file, we store a file with the
previous config, including the version in the file name.

This would change the current behavior a bit, hopefully no one is relying
on the file name to contain the version.

This should not be difficult to implement, would you like to open a Jira
and take a stab at implementing it ? I can review it.

Something to notice about the "version" of the config - currently when the
config is stored in memory, it appears as a key in the configuration. When
stored in the temporary config file (pre-commit), it appears as an explicit
key, but when committed it does not appear inside the dynamic file - only
in the file name.This is controlled by the last argument of

See also QuorumPeerConfig.java parse() parseProperties() etc and
QuorumPeer.java setQuorumVerifier().


On Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 6:32 PM Aristedes Maniatis <ari@ish.com.au> wrote:

> Will anything bad happen if I make the config file read-only for
> zookeeper? I assume the design goals here were:
> * atomic rewrites of the dynamic config, preserving historic files
> * ability for zookeeper to know which was the most recent config file on
> restart
> Those goals are a bit unnecessary for me. I don't really care about
> historic configuration, so just writing to a temp file and moving over
> the existing one would work great. Alternatively tracking the current
> file in memory without rewriting the zoo.cfg would also be great, since
> I don't care about the effort on startup to rediscover peers.
> Is there a way to get Zookeeper to play better with not rewriting its
> own config file for my use case?
> Ari
> On 12/12/19 5:53am, Alexander Shraer wrote:
> > It will change, the number represents the version of the configuration,
> and
> > will be updated if you issue a reconfiguration command. Its basically the
> > zxid of the command.
> >
> >
> > Alex
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 11:25 PM Aristedes Maniatis <ari@ish.com.au>
> wrote:
> >
> >> On 11/12/19 6:21pm, Arne.Bachmann@dlr.de wrote:
> >>> Hey Ari,
> >>>
> >>> I directly used the filename   zoo.cfg.dynamic.100000000    and never
> >> had a
> >>> problem.
> >>> Arne
> >>
> >> Hmmm... that's an oddly obvious answer. I just assumed the 100000000
> >> would change randomly. What's even the point of it?
> >>
> >>
> >> Ari
> >>
> >>

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