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NotServingRegionException exception after the loss of a regionserver

This morning, on our production system, we experienced a very bad behavior of HBase 0.20.6.

1- one of our region server crash
2- we restarted it with success (no error on the master nor on the region servers)
3- but we discovered that our HBase clients were enable to recover for this situation:

Each time a get() was performed, but ONLY ON THE BIGGEST TABLES, our HBase clients triggered an exception (actually coming fro the restarted region server):
org.apache.hadoop.hbase.NotServingRegionException: org.apache.hadoop.hbase.NotServingRegionException: appInfo.aki519368.prod.capptain.com,801765cd68dcbfc04690770622c2edaa,1307369888185
         at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.regionserver.HRegionServer.getRegion(HRegionServer.java:2269)
         at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.regionserver.HRegionServer.get(HRegionServer.java:1732)
         at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor7.invoke(Unknown Source)
         at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
         at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
         at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.ipc.HBaseRPC$Server.call(HBaseRPC.java:657)
         at org.apache.hadoop.hbase.ipc.HBaseServer$Handler.run(HBaseServer.java:915)

More strange:

3- only client READING HBase triggered this exception: client writing to HBase recovered without any error from this failure (and the writes were effectively performed)

To fix this, we had to restart all our HBase clients reading from the BIGGEST TABLES. So we guess that the issue come from the HBase client library or the region server itself.

We reproduce this bug easily on our development servers: we kill a region server, we restart it and clients trying to "get" from regions served by the killed/restarted region server get this exception until we restart them.

So my questions are:

Is this a know issue ?
Has it been fixed in HBase 0.90 ?
Is it required to handle this exception in a special way on client side (e.g. close / reopen the table) ?

Thank a lot