Cannot add node to cluster: ring_creation_size

Scites, Troy Troy_Scites at
Mon Mar 13 09:46:41 EDT 2017

Hi Magnus,

Thanks for the response.  I should have mentioned in my original post that I am using version 1.5.1 of Riak-TS.

I attempted to run "riak status" as you recommended, but "status" does not seem to be an option for the riak command.  I found the "risk config effective" command and all three servers have "ring_size = 64".  Any further suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Troy J Scites
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From: Magnus Kessler <mkessler at<mailto:mkessler at>>
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:12 AM
To: Troy Scites <Troy_Scites at<mailto:Troy_Scites at>>
Cc: "riak-users at<mailto:riak-users at>" <riak-users at<mailto:riak-users at>>
Subject: Re: Cannot add node to cluster: ring_creation_size

On 8 March 2017 at 19:45, Scites, Troy <Troy_Scites at<mailto:Troy_Scites at>> wrote:

I have 3 nodes in a development environment that were configured in a cluster.  It was working fine until one of the servers crashed.  I tried clearing the data directory and was able to removed the crashed node from the cluster.  When I try to add the third node back in, I get the following error:
Failed: riak@<node> has a different ring_creation_size

All 3 nodes have ring_size set to 64 in the riak.conf.  Has anyone experienced this error and have a suggestion for adding the node back into the ring?


Hi Troy,

Please check with 'riak status | egrep "ring_creation_size|ring_num_partitions' what the different nodes believe to be their actual ring size.

As you have already wiped (some of) the data directory on the crashed node, you can stop this node and then it's safe to also remove the 'ring' directory if this node reports a different ring size. Afterwards, restart the node and attempt to join it to the rest of the cluster.

Please let me know if this solves your issue.

Kind Regards,


Magnus Kessler
Client Services Engineer
Basho Technologies Limited

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