Riak Client Resources, Deleting a Key Doesn't Remove it from bucket.keys

Steve Warren swarren at myvest.com
Tue May 22 12:34:31 EDT 2012

Thank you for the reply. My observation does not quite match up with this
though so I'm still a bit confused. The deleted keys appeared to stay long
past the 3 seconds described in the post you referenced. In fact, I don't
know if they ever "went away". I'll run some more tests to see if I can
narrow down the exact behavior, for example not all key deletions exhibited
this behavior (the test I ran resulted in 118 residual keys out of around
20K deletes). If I directly queried any of the keys it would respond with
"not found" and immediately stop showing up in the key list or $key index

I'm still running a bunch of tests just to learn the behavior of the system
so I'll keep plugging away at it. For example, I'm observing that $key
index queries halt inserts into the same bucket while the query is running,
I don't know yet if this halts all server activity or just the inserts for
that bucket though.


On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM, Kelly McLaughlin <kelly at basho.com> wrote:

> Hi Steve. There is no caching of key lists in riak. What you are seeing is
> likely the fact that listing of keys or index queries can pick up deleted
> keys due to the fact that riak keeps tombstone markers around for deleted
> objects for some period. For a really good explanation of riak's delete
> behavior check out this writeup by Jon Meredith:
> http://lists.basho.com/pipermail/riak-users_lists.basho.com/2011-October/006048.html.
> You can set delete_mode to immediate as described in that post and you will
> most likely not see any deleted keys when you do an index query or key
> list. The tradeoff is that you may get the unexpected behavior when doing
> concurrent updates to the same set of keys that the delete_mode changes
> were designed to address as Jon also indicates in that post.  We are
> considering different options on this front, but at this time no actual
> changes have been made to address this.
> Kelly
> On May 20, 2012, at 10:13 AM, Steve Warren wrote:
> The last message I saw on this (from a year ago) says the caching of key
> lists will be removed. I just ran into it while running a $key index range
> search. I then ran a ?key=stream search on the bucket and the same stale
> key list appeared (I had created a bunch of data and then deleted it as a
> test). Did the caching removal not happen? I'm running 1.1.2
> The query:
> curl 'localhost:8098/buckets/testbucket/index/$key/0/g'
> As others have noted, this behavior is quite disconcerting and I don't
> want to pepper the application with otherwise unnecessary checks for stale
> keys even on 2i range queries. Or is that unavoidable?
> Regards
> Steve
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