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HBase >> mail # dev >> row level atomicity

The flow during a HRegionServer.put() seems to be the following. [For now, let's just consider single row Put containing edits to multiple column families/columns.]

HRegionServer.put() does a:

1)      HRegion.put()

2)      syncWal()  (the HDFS sync call).

HRegion.put() does a:
  For each column family {
     HLog.append(all edits to the colum family);
     Write all edits to Memstore;

HLog.append() does a :
  Foreach edit in a single column family {

doWrite() does a:

(i)                  It looks like make several calls to this.write.append() which in turn does a bunch of individual out.write (to the DFSOutputStream), as opposed to just one interaction with the underlying DFS. If so, how do we guarantee that all the edits either make it to HDFS or not atomically? Or is this just broken?

(ii)                The updates to memstore should happen after the sync rather than before, correct? Otherwise, there is the danger that the write to DFS (sync fails for some reason) & we return an error to the client, but we have already taken edits to the memstore. So subsequent reads could serve uncommitted data.