Reip(ing) riak node created two copies in the cluster

Nitish Sharma sharmanitishdutt at
Wed May 2 11:57:32 EDT 2012

Hi Jon,
Thanks for your input. I've already started working on that lines. 
I stopped all the nodes, moved ring directory from one node, brought that one up, and issued join command to one other node (after moving the ring directory) - node2. While they were busy re-distributing the partitions, I started another node (node3) and issued join command (before risk_kv was running, since it takes some time to load existing data).
But after this, data handoffs are occurring only between node1 and node2. "member_status" says that node 3 owns 0% of the ring and 0% are pending.
We have a lot of data - each node serves around 200 million documents. Riak cluster is running 1.1.2.
Any suggestions?

On May 2, 2012, at 5:31 PM, Jon Meredith wrote:

> Hi Nitish,
> If you rebuild the cluster with the same ring size, the data will eventually get back to the right place.  While the rebuild is taking place you may have notfounds for gets until the data has been handed off to the newly assigned owner (as it will be secondary handoff, not primary ownership handoff to get teh data back).  If you don't have a lot of data stored in the cluster it shouldn't take too long.
> The process would be to stop all nodes, move the files out of the ring directory to a safe place, start all nodes and rejoin.  If you're using 1.1.x and you have capacity in your hardware you may want to increase handoff_concurrency to something like 4 to permit more transfers to happen across the cluster.
> Jon.
> On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM, Nitish Sharma <sharmanitishdutt at> wrote:
> Hi,
> We have a 12-node Riak cluster. Until now we were naming every new node as riak@<ip_address>. We then decided to rename the all the nodes to riak@<hostname>, which makes troubleshooting easier.
> After issuing reip command to two nodes, we noticed in the "status" that those 2 nodes were now appearing in the cluster with the old name as well as the new name. Other nodes were trying to handoff partitions to the "new" nodes, but apparently they were not able to. After this the whole cluster went down and completely stopped responding to any read/write requests.
> member_status displayed old Riak name in "legacy" mode. Since this is our production cluster, we are desperately looking for some quick remedies. Issuing "force-remove" to the old names, restarting all the nodes, changing the riak names back to the old ones -  none of it helped.
> Currently, we are hosting limited amount of data. Whats an elegant way to recover from this mess? Would shutting off all the nodes, deleting the ring directory, and again forming the cluster work?
> Cheers
> Nitish
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