Vincent Poon commented on PHOENIX-4130:

[~rajeshbabu] Actually, MutableIndexFailureIT fails on current HEAD of 5.0 
branch.  So, this patch at least makes things no worse, but at some point 
someone will need to find out what's causing the breakage there.

> Avoid server retries for mutable indexes
> ----------------------------------------
>                 Key: PHOENIX-4130
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PHOENIX-4130
>             Project: Phoenix
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Lars Hofhansl
>            Assignee: Vincent Poon
>            Priority: Major
>             Fix For: 4.14.0, 5.0.0
>         Attachments: PHOENIX-4130.addendum.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130.v1.master.patch, PHOENIX-4130.v10.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130.v2.master.patch, PHOENIX-4130.v3.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130.v4.master.patch, PHOENIX-4130.v5.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130.v6.master.patch, PHOENIX-4130.v7.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130.v8.master.patch, PHOENIX-4130.v9.master.patch, 
> PHOENIX-4130_5.x-HBase-2.0.patch, PHOENIX-4130_5.x-HBase-2.0.v2.patch
> Had some discussions with [~jamestaylor], [~samarthjain], and [~vincentpoon], 
> during which I suggested that we can possibly eliminate retry loops happening 
> at the server that cause the handler threads to be stuck potentially for 
> quite a while (at least multiple seconds to ride over common scenarios like 
> splits).
> Instead we can do the retries at the Phoenix client that.
> So:
> # The index updates are not retried on the server. (retries = 0)
> # A failed index update would set the failed index timestamp but leave the 
> index enabled.
> # Now the handler thread is done, it throws an appropriate exception back to 
> the client.
> # The Phoenix client can now retry. When those retries fail the index is 
> disabled (if the policy dictates that) and throw the exception back to its 
> caller.
> So no more waiting is needed on the server, handler threads are freed 
> immediately.

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