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From "Patrick Bannister (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-14534) cqlsh_tests/ is flaky
Date Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:10:00 GMT
Patrick Bannister created CASSANDRA-14534:

             Summary: cqlsh_tests/ is flaky
                 Key: CASSANDRA-14534
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Test
          Components: CQL
         Environment: trunk running on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
            Reporter: Patrick Bannister
             Fix For: 4.x

*Summary:* test_describe in cqlsh_tests/ is flaky. The test is written
to expect the objects of a keyspace to be lexicographically sorted in DESCRIBE KEYSPACE output.
However, this almost never happens, because the sort order of objects in DESCRIBE KEYSPACE
output is arbitrary. I plan to modify the test to check for expected output without requiring
lexicographic sorting of items of the same type; this work would be rolled up under other
work in CASSANDRA-10190.

This is happening in the Cassandra Python driver, in cassandra.metadata, in the KeyspaceMetadata
and TableMetadata classes. KeyspaceMetadata and TableMetadata store their child objects in
Python dictionaries, and when generating DESCRIBE output, they visit their child objects in
the order returned by the values() function of each dictionary. The Python dictionary values()
function returns items in an arbitrary order, so they will not necessarily come back sorted
lexicographically as expected by the test.

A simple fix for the test would be to change the way it checks for the expected output so
that the order of objects of the same type is no longer important.

As currently written, the test creates a keyspace like so:

CREATE KEYSPACE test WITH REPLICATION = {'class' : 'SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor'
: 1 };
CREATE TABLE test.users ( userid text PRIMARY KEY, firstname text, lastname text, age int);
CREATE INDEX myindex ON test.users (age);
CREATE INDEX "QuotedNameIndex" on test.users (firstName);
CREATE TABLE test.test (id int, col int, val text, PRIMARY KEY(id, col));
CREATE INDEX ON test.test (col);
CREATE INDEX ON test.test (val){code}

It expects the output of DESCRIBE KEYSPACE test to appear in the following order:

CREATE TABLE test.test...
CREATE INDEX test_col_idx...
CREATE INDEX test_val_idx...
CREATE TABLE test.users...
CREATE INDEX "QuotedNameIndex"...
CREATE INDEX myindex...{code}
But as described above, tables aren't sorted lexicographically, and a table's indexes aren't
sorted lexicographically, so output for table test.users can come before output for table
test.test, and output for index test_val_idx can come before output for index test_col_idx.
The planned change to the test would make it so that the test passes regardless of the order
of these like objects.

If lexicographic sorting of objects of like type actually is a requirement for DESCRIBE KEYSPACE,
then we could fix this by modifying cqlsh (duplicative, but simple), or by modifying the Cassandra
Python driver's cassandra/ script file (less duplicative but more difficult to

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