1. Cassandra
  2. CASSANDRA-4479

JMX attribute setters not consistent with cassandra.yaml


    • Type: Bug Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Trivial Trivial
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Fix Version/s: 1.2.0 beta 1
    • Component/s: None
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      If a setting is configurable both via cassandra.yaml and JMX, the two should be consistent. If that doesn't hold, then the JMX setter can't be trusted.

      Here I present the example of phi_convict_threshold.

      I'm trying to set phi_convict_threshold via JMX, which sets FailureDetector.phiConvictThreshold_, but this doesn't update Config.phi_convict_threshold, which gets its value from cassandra.yaml when starting up.

      Some places, such as FailureDetector.interpret(InetAddress), use FailureDetector.phiConvictThreshold_; others, such as AntiEntropyService.line 813 in cassandra-1.1.2, use Config.phi_convict_threshold:

                  // We want a higher confidence in the failure detection than usual because failing a repair wrongly has a high cost.
                  if (phi < 2 * DatabaseDescriptor.getPhiConvictThreshold())

      where DatabaseDescriptor.getPhiConvictThreshold() returns Conf.phi_convict_threshold.

      So, it looks like there are cases where a value is stored in multiple places, and setting the value via JMX doesn't set all of them. I'd say there should only be a single place where a configuration parameter is stored, and that single field:

      • should read in the value from cassandra.yaml, optionally falling back to a sane default
      • should be the field that the JMX attribute reads and sets, and
      • any place that needs the current global setting should get it from that field. However, there could be cases where you read in a global value at the start of a task and keep that value locally until the end of the task.

      Also, anything settable via JMX should be volatile or set via a synchronized setter, or else according to the Java memory model other threads may be stuck with the old setting.

      So, I'm requesting the following:

      • Setting up guidelines for how to expose a configuration parameter both via cassandra.yaml and JMX, based on what I've mentioned above
      • Going through the list of configuration parameters and fixing any that don't match those guidelines

      I'd also recommend logging any changes to configuration parameters.

      1. trunk-4479.txt
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        Chris Merrill


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            Chris Merrill
            Eric Dong
            Brandon Williams
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