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From "Abhishek Rai (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HELIX-53) Allow partitions to be dropped automatically when their instance dies
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:54:16 GMT
Abhishek Rai created HELIX-53:

             Summary: Allow partitions to be dropped automatically when their instance dies

                 Key: HELIX-53
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HELIX-53
             Project: Apache Helix
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: helix-core
    Affects Versions: 0.6.0-incubating, 0.6.1-incubating
            Reporter: Abhishek Rai
            Priority: Minor

Currently, when creating a session for a new participant, Helix resets current states of all
assigned partitions from previous session of the same participant to the initial state. This
may be undesirable for deployments where Helix session and assigned partitions by the participant
are tightly coupled. In such a setup, when a participant loses a session, it also loses all
associated partitions.  The current behavior triggers transitions back to the ideal state
which may or may not be desirable.  Possible workarounds:
(1) update ideal state to DROPPED on noticing that an instance is not live anymore
(2) (suggested by Kishore) safely clear state from old participant session before creating
a new session.  I'm using this one and so far it's working OK for me.

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