Riak fails to start

Daniel Iwan iwan.daniel at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 09:00:53 EST 2013

One of our nodes fails to start

$ sudo riak console
Attempting to restart script through sudo -H -u riak
Exec: /usr/lib/riak/erts-5.9.1/bin/erlexec -boot
/usr/lib/riak/releases/1.2.1/riak             -embedded -config
/etc/riak/app.config             -pa /usr/lib/riak/lib/basho-patches
      -args_file /etc/riak/vm.args -- console
Root: /usr/lib/riak
Erlang R15B01 (erts-5.9.1) [source] [64-bit] [smp:4:4] [async-threads:64]

** /usr/lib/riak/lib/basho-patches/etop_txt.beam hides
** Found 1 name clashes in code paths
13:22:47.424 [info] Application lager started on node 'riak at'
13:22:47.466 [error] CRASH REPORT Process <0.149.0> with 0 neighbours
exited with reason: bad argument in call to erlang:binary_to_term(<<>>) in
riak_core_ring_manager:read_ringfile/1 line 154 in gen_server2:init_it/6
line 384
/usr/lib/riak/lib/os_mon-2.2.9/priv/bin/memsup: Erlang has closed.
has closed

        {"Kernel pid terminated",application_controller,"{application_

Crash dump was written to: /var/log/riak/erl_crash.dump
Kernel pid terminated (application_controller) ({application_start_failure,

Which suggest that something happened to ring files?

Any idea what and why it happened?

Dump file available at:

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