Nodes neither leaving nor joining the cluster

Alexandre Ravey alexandre.ravey at
Wed Nov 9 11:54:56 EST 2011

Hi Nitish,

Did you change the node name or IP at any point?
If so, you need to reip your node(s).

Run riak-admin status and check the node name in ring_members, must be
the same as your actual node. (ie, same ip and node name).
Check also that you are not using xxx at if your nodes aren't
on the same physical box.

If it's a test cluster you may just rm /var/lib/riak/ring/* (node
down) and join again.



On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM, Nitish Sharma
<sharmanitishdutt at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've installed riak using pre-compiled Debian binary. I setup a Riak cluster
> consisting of 3 nodes (name of each node in format: riak@<ip_addr>). The
> configuration file for all the nodes is same.
> Just to clarify my problem, I'll be using node names as A, B, and C.
> Initially, all three nodes were successfully able to form a cluster ( B and
> C joined node A). To perform some tests, node A rebooted and after that its
> ``status" is not showing all three nodes as ring_members. While, running
> ``riak-admin status" on nodes B and C was still stating ring_members as A,
> B, C.
> Running ``riak-admin leave" on nodes B and C didnt help, since
> running join command again was throwing "Failed: This node is already a
> member of a cluster". Force removal of nodes also didnt do any good; still
> the same inconsistent ring members status.
> Any suggestions ?
> Regards
> Nitish
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