I can't comment on the details of your code (but I have run in-process ZK's
in the past without problem)

Operationally, however, this isn't a great idea.  The problem is two-fold:

a) firstly, somebody would probably like to look at Zookeeper to understand
the state of your service.  If the service is
down, then ZK will go away.  That means that Zookeeper can't be used that
way and is mild to moderate
on the logarithmic international suckitude scale.

b) secondly, if you want to upgrade your server without upgrading Zookeeper
then you still have to bounce
Zookeeper.  This is probably not a problem, but it can be a slight pain.

c) thirdly, you can't scale your service independently of how you scale
Zookeeper.  This may or may
not bother you, but it would bother me.

d) fourthly, you will be synchronizing your server restarts with ZK's
service restarts.  Moving these events
away from each other is likely to make them slightly more reliable.  There
is no failure mode that I know
of that would be tickled here, but your service code will be slightly more
complex since it has to make sure
that ZK is up before it does stuff.  If you could make the assumption that
ZK is up or exit, that would be

e) yes, I know that is more than two issues.  That is itself an issue since
any design where the number of worries
is increasing so fast is suspect on larger grounds.  If there are small
problems cropping up at that rate, the likelihood
of there being a large problem that comes up seems higher.

Your choice and your mileage will vary.

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM, Avinash Lakshman <
avinash.laksh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> This may sound weird but I want to know if there is something inherent that
> would preclude this from working. I want to have a thrift based service
> which exposes some API to read/write to certain znodes. I want ZK to run
> within the same process. So I will start the ZK process from within my main
> using QuorumPeerMain.main(). Now the implementation of my API would
> instantiate a ZooKeeper object and try reading/writing from specific znodes
> as the case may be. I tried running this and as soon as I instantiate my
> ZooKeeper object I get some really weird exceptions. What is wrong in this
> approach?

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