adelapena commented on a change in pull request #570:

File path: src/java/org/apache/cassandra/index/
@@ -655,6 +695,9 @@ private synchronized void markIndexFailed(Index index)
+            if (!index.getSupportedLoadTypeOnFailure().supportsWrites() && 
writableIndexes.remove(indexName) != null)
+      "Index [" + indexName + "] became not-writable.");

Review comment:
       > Is it reasonable a 'not ready' index should be serving reads or writes?
   For initial build it should't serve reads, but for rebuilds it's more 
complicated because the index could still be in good condition. IMO if we were 
creating the index API from scratch or adding a new implementation probably the 
best option would be to set not properly (re)built index as unable to serve 
reads and writes. But, given that we have had the cf-based implementation 
around for a while, I think we should by now preserve their original behaviour 
and provide the API mechanisms to change that in new implementations and 
perhaps in the standard indexes in the future. That and the recovery task seems 
a pair of nice improvements to ship with this ticket.
   Accepting reads and writes when failed makes some sense in the particular 
case of cf-based regular indexes because they don't have an initialization task 
and they are based on idempotent operations on the underlaying column family. 
I'd say they focus in availability over consistency because even failed 
rebuilds always leave the index is same or better condition than before. In 
contrast, it's easy to imagine other implementations where a failed rebuild 
leaves the index completely corrupt and unusable. I think there could easily be 
use cases out there relying on this behaviour, and I'm afraid of arbitrarily 
changing that behaviour without coming back. If we still want to move to the 
new approach, either in this ticket or in a dedicated one, we should probably 
open a discussion in the mail list to see if there are deployments relaying on 
the classic behaviour. 
   Another tempting option to ease the migration of cf-based indexes to the new 
consistency-over-availability approach would be making the enum returned by 
`getSupportedLoadTypeOnFailure` configurable through index options, for example:
   CREATE INDEX my_idx ON t WITH OPTIONS = {'supported_load_on_failed_init': 
'WRITE', 'supported_load_on_failed_rebuild': 'ALL'}
   This is something that perhaps we could do in the ticket to change the 
default behaviour of regular cf-based indexes, while keeping this ticket 
focused on the API changes and the recovery task.
   WDYT? Maybe I'm wrong and there isn't anyone out there relying on the old 2i 
behaviour and we should go straight to the the new failed-rebuild-means-broken 

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