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Re: ScannerTimeoutException
Hi Geoff,

we are having these issues when the scanner uses scan.addColumn() and
the column is sparse, in the sense there are many rows with some other
column in the same column family. I suppose your problems will vanish if
you use scan.addFamily() call instead. The same behavior may appear if
you are reading from region after massive delete (then the timeouts
settle down after major compation), or when using server side Filters.

Changing scan.addColumn() to scan.addFamily() brings some overhead,
which I think could be removed by RegionServer renewing the lease of
scanner while reading data, not only after first entry to

Would this be worth opening a JIRA?


On 6.9.2011 04:11, Geoff Hendrey wrote:
> Hi -
> I found some odd behavior with ResultScanner.next(). Usually the times
> for next() are couple hundred ms. But occasionally the call to next
> spikes VERY long. In fact, I have the timeout set to 60 seconds (60000),
> but once in a while the call to next() itself is interrupted by the
> ScannerTimeoutException after more than 60 seconds. It seems odd that
> the call to next itself can be interrupted because "61107ms passed since
> the last invocation, timeout is currently set to 60000"
> The only thing I can think of is that a GC kicks in after the call to
> next begins, but before the call returns, and the server is still
> ticking the timeout. But this seems to happen periodically with
> regularity. The odds of the GC kicking in at that exact instant, so
> often, seem kind of low.
> -geoff