Loopback Address as Handoff IP/Interface

Jon Meredith jmeredith at basho.com
Sun May 3 13:15:49 EDT 2015

Hi Praveen,

It's unusual to want to set the handoff.ip address to unless
you're trying to run multiple nodes on a single machine (we call that a
devrel).  As you may have noticed we just issued a data loss advisory about
exactly that - please see

*Only* set handoff.ip to if you are running the nodes on the same
machine. I suspect what you want instead is a private network between the
nodes, in which case you should configure handoff.ip to be the node address
on the private network.


On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 5:19 AM, Praveen Baratam <praveen.baratam at gmail.com>

> Hello Everybody,
> I am trying to setup a single node Riak cluster and want to use a loopback
> address (127.0.0.x) for the Handoff IP to keep the instance private and
> invisible to others.
> But the Riak node fails to start and throws an error -  "handoff.ip
> invalid, must be a valid IP address"
> Is it illegal to use loopback interface for Handoff IP? Came across some JIRA
> issues <https://github.com/basho/riak_core/issues/670> but couldn't find
> a solution with out having to build packages from source.
> Any workarounds? I am trying to use Riak 1.4.12 on Ubuntu 14.04!
> Any advice in this regard will be greatly helpful.
> Thank you.
> Praveen
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Jon Meredith
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Basho Technologies, Inc.
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