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From James Keeney <>
Subject Re: Auto recovery of a failed Solr Cloud Node?
Date Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:37:01 GMT
There is another thing to consider as well ...

When a node goes off line and then back on, unless Zookeeper has been
configured properly the ensemble may have trouble responding to the

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On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:12 AM Shawn Heisey <> wrote:

> On 9/27/2018 8:00 AM, Shawn Heisey wrote:
> > On 9/27/2018 7:24 AM, Kimber, Mike wrote:
> >> I'm trying to determine if there is any health check available to
> >> determine the above and then if the issue happens then an automated
> >> mechanism in SolrCloud to restart the instance. Or is this something
> >> we have to code ourselves?
> >
> > As shipped by the project, Solr will never restart itself
> > automatically.  If it dies, it's dead until you start it again, unless
> > you implement something to restart it automatically.This is
> > intentional -- Solr almost never dies unless there's some kind of
> > problem -- not enough memory, corrupt software, etc.If Solr *does*
> > die, you need to figure out why and fix it, not rely on an automatic
> > restart.
> Replying to myself.  Probably a sign of insanity!
> The other side of that coin is a completely unresponsive server.  Here's
> the thing about that situation:  If it's really unresponsive, it
> probably wouldn't be possible to send Solr a message to tell it to
> restart itself.  When a server in SolrCloud becomes unresponsive,
> SolrCloud will attempt to have it do an index recovery, but this does
> NOT involve a restart.  Solr cannot restart itself automatically.  It
> might be possible to write that functionality into Solr, but I think
> that using such functionality for automatic restarts on problem
> detection is a very bad idea. The root of the problem must be found and
> fixed, a restart probably isn't going to get rid of it.
> If a SolrCloud server remains unresponsive, then any recovery operation
> that is initiated is going to fail.  Typically, problems that lead to an
> unresponsive server are not the kind of problems that will go away
> without action by the administrator -- adding memory, reducing the index
> size, etc.  If the admin restarts the server to clear that kind of
> problem, it's very likely that the problem will happen again.
> Thanks,
> Shawn

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