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Data change notification is lost during failover
I send following email to dev maillist for deep insight into this issue and more suggestion. Thanks!
Hi All,

I am using Zookeeper3.3.5 for a distributed project. During the test, a watch related issue is found. Our monitor program places 100 watches on 100 different paths (e.g. /goo1 .... /goo100) for monitoring the data change, and another writer program updates one of paths at a specified interval. We found sometimes some data change notification messages are lost when the monitor program is switched to a new server due to the failure of current server.

I check the "watch management" section in current release notes http://zookeeper.apache.org/doc/trunk/releasenotes.html and find a statement "In this release the client library tracks watches that a client has registered and reregisters the watches when a connection is made to a new server." So based on the information, look like during server failover it is expected behavior to lose data change notifications before watches are successfully re-registered in a new server.

The solution that I figure out to this issue is to query all 100 paths to check if there is any data change after the monitor program is connected to a new server.

However if we need to monitor 1000 or 10K paths, this solution may not be good. Can anyone suggest a better solution to this issue?

Furthermore, can ZK service is enhanced to replicate the watches on each ZK server to solve this issue forever?

Thanks for your time and help!

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