Do nodes always need to restart after backend selection?

Toby Corkindale toby.corkindale at
Thu Apr 4 20:27:33 EDT 2013

Hi Jared,

I'm afraid I am still a little confused after reading your reply, so I'd 
like to check something.

If I understand correctly, the reboot of nodes is only required if the 
default settings in app.config are changed, and one can change anything 
else on-the-fly?

So therefore, in the following scenario, I could issue these commands 
and never need to reboot any nodes?

Riak backend = Multi, with Bitcask (default) and Leveldb.

PUT /buckets/myBucket/myKey
# Key is stored in Bitcask

PUT /buckets/myNewBucket/props
{ backend: Leveldb }

PUT /buckets/myBucket/myOtherKey
# Key is stored in Leveldb backend

If I change the backend, do I lose any keys that were previously 
available in the original backend or are they migrated? (I'd expect to 
lose them)

Thanks for your patience,

On 05/04/13 00:51, Jared Morrow wrote:
> Toby,
> That particular page is talking about changing the default settings of
> the backend of a bucket.  In that specific case, if you want to change
> the default behavior in your app.config file a restart is necessary.
>   One particularly important detail there is you don't need to restart
> *all* nodes at the same time.  Restarting one node at a time is
> sufficient and recommended so you don't have any cluster downtime.
> For setting common bucket properties, you do not need to restart the
> node.  If you want to change the n_val of a bucket for instance, you can
> just change it from your client on all nodes.  That page explains at the
> bottom how to set them on the erlang console or curl, but most people
> use their chosen client to set bucket properties before writing values.
>    Here is an example using the Java Client
>  In general it
> doesn't matter if your client supports HTTP or protocol buffers, both
> API's  support bucket
> property changes.
> Hope that helps,
> Jared
> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM, Toby Corkindale
> <toby.corkindale at
> <mailto:toby.corkindale at>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     According to the docs at the following URL, it is necessary to
>     reboot all Riak nodes after setting the bucket property for backend.
>     This seems really drastic, and we'd like to avoid having to do this!
>     See:
>     <>
>     I wondered if the restart of the whole cluster can be avoided?
>     Perhaps we could set the bucket properties prior to setting any keys
>     within it?
>     Thanks in advance,
>     Toby
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