Hi, I've been reading the docs and trying out some basic Zookeeper examples. I have a few simple questions related to recovery.
It would be good to have questions like these on the Wiki/docs to avoid noobs like me asking the same thing over and over. - If 1 out of 3 servers crashes and the log files are unrecoverable, how do we provision a replacement server? - If the server log is recoverable but provisioning takes a long time, then what happens if the old log file is far behind the current state? The docs say that recovery is based on fuzzy check pointing and snapshots but I wasn't clear as to how long "catching up" would take - What happens at the client side code if a server quorum is lost? Does the ZK service freeze or continue to service just reads? - If there was a temporary glitch (n/w or GC) and the replica to which the client is connected breaks away from the quorum does the client get notified? Does it stop processing client requests? Does it rejoin the cluster without manual intervention? - Now if even the client cannot connect to other servers (split brain) .. ... well I suppose this question is moot - Do the servers really have to run with file based persistence? I saw that someone wanted this in-memory mode for unit testing (ZK 694<https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-694>) but there are cases where only a transient ZK service is needed. Most enterprise systems have replicated Databases anyway. So, the fear of data loss is minimal. If ZK logs are the only means of recovery, then this might be harder to implement - A client example with full fledged error handling would be very useful for starters. I'm not sure if http://github.com/sgroschupf/zkclient and http://code.google.com/p/cages/ have everything but they do look promising. Plain ZK API is a bit overwhelming :) Thanks, Ashwin.