Riak startup failing.

Kevin Burton rkevinburton at charter.net
Mon Jan 28 15:22:55 EST 2013

I am not sure which version you are asking for. Here is a snippet from the
riak-admin status command:


riak_control_version : <<"1.2.0">>

cluster_info_version : <<"1.2.2">>

riak_api_version : <<"1.2.0">>

riak_search_version : <<"1.2.1">>

merge_index_version : <<"1.2.1">>

riak_kv_version : <<"1.2.1">>

riak_pipe_version : <<"1.2.1">>

riak_core_version : <<"1.2.1">>

lager_version : <<"1.2.0">>


From: Charlie Voiselle [mailto:cvoiselle at basho.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 2:06 PM
To: Kevin Burton
Cc: riak-users at lists.basho.com
Subject: Re: Riak startup failing.




First things first. What version of Riak are you running? The `riak-admin
cluster` commands are available as of Riak 1.2.0. Next, if you have already
renamed all of the nodes, you will need to use the `reip` method to modify
all of the ring files on each of the nodes.  If you are able, it's easier to
roll back the changes to the configuration and get the nodes starting again.


Once they are started and running, here's a writeup of the scheme you would
use to do the rolling configuration changes: https://gist.github.com/4566736



Charlie Voiselle


On Dec 29, 2012, at 1:02 PM, Kevin Burton <rkevinburton at charter.net> wrote:

Here is what I found out (I am still stuck)



The step says to rename or remove the data/ring directory. My data directory
is /var/lib/riak. If I rename or remove that directory then no commands
work. I have assumed it meant to rename or remove just the ring directory
which is for me /var/lib/riak/ring. When the node is restarted the ring
directory is recreated.

When I issue riak-admin down (I have to specify the node name since it is
required) I get errors/warnings:


~$ sudo riak-admin down  <mailto:riak at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx> riak at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Attempting to restart script through sudo -H -u riak

Node is not running!


I am not sure what it means to join the existing cluster on the first node.
Is this riak-admin cluster join? For the first node I get an error


~$ sudo riak-admin cluster join  <mailto:riak at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx>
riak at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Attempting to restart script through sudo -H -u riak

Join failed. Try again in a few moments.


There is no 'force-replace' argument to riak-admin and that command seems to
be deprecated. There is a force-replace for riak-admin cluster but it takes
two nodes as arguments which I am not sure what to put there. What should I


These steps seem to get me further but still there are gaps (at least for







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