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  1. ZooKeeper
  2. ZOOKEEPER-1697

large snapshots can cause continuous quorum failure



    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Critical
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 3.4.3, 3.5.0
    • Fix Version/s: 3.4.6, 3.5.0
    • Component/s: server
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      I keep seeing this on the leader:

      2013-04-30 01:18:39,754 INFO
      org.apache.zookeeper.server.quorum.Leader: Shutdown called
      java.lang.Exception: shutdown Leader! reason: Only 0 followers, need 2
      at org.apache.zookeeper.server.quorum.Leader.shutdown(Leader.java:447)
      at org.apache.zookeeper.server.quorum.Leader.lead(Leader.java:422)
      at org.apache.zookeeper.server.quorum.QuorumPeer.run(QuorumPeer.java:753)

      The followers are downloading the snapshot when this happens, and are
      trying to do their first ACK to the leader, the ack fails with broken

      In this case the snapshots are large and the config has increased the
      initLimit. syncLimit is small - 10 or so with ticktime of 2000. Note
      this is 3.4.3 with ZOOKEEPER-1521 applied.

      I originally speculated that
      https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-1521 might be related.
      I thought I might have broken something for this environment. That
      doesn't look to be the case.

      As it looks now it seems that 1521 didn't go far enough. The leader
      verifies that all followers have ACK'd to the leader within the last
      "syncLimit" time period. This runs all the time in the background on
      the leader to identify the case where a follower drops. In this case
      the followers take so long to load the snapshot that this check fails
      the very first time, as a result the leader drops (not enough ack'd
      followers w/in the sync limit) and re-election happens. This repeats
      forever. (the above error)

      this is the call:
      org.apache.zookeeper.server.quorum.LearnerHandler.synced() that's at

      look at setting of tickOfLastAck in
      It's not set until the follower first acks - in this case I can see
      that the followers are not getting to the ack prior to the leader
      shutting down due to the error log above.

      It seems that sync() should probably use the init limit until the
      first ack comes in from the follower. I also see that while tickOfLastAck and leader.self.tick is shared btw two threads there is no synchronization of the shared resources.


        1. ZOOKEEPER-1697_branch34.patch
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          Patrick D. Hunt
        2. ZOOKEEPER-1697_branch34.patch
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        3. ZOOKEEPER-1697_branch34.patch
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        4. ZOOKEEPER-1697.patch
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        5. ZOOKEEPER-1697.patch
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        6. ZOOKEEPER-1697.patch
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                phunt Patrick D. Hunt
                phunt Patrick D. Hunt
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