I have a question related to Failover in replicaSet. Here’s how I have
configured my servers.
I have 1 PRIMARY server, 1 SECONDARY server and 1 ARBITER.
I used the default configuration (for WriteConcern). i.e. slaveOK = false,
I run my application that stores more than 40k records into DB on Start up.
I have slaveOK = false as I have collection that stores the set of ids or
index in one collection and that is being used by multiple threads to
insert and get the index to store a record in another Collection with that
index. So there should NOT be any delay in the reads for the indices.
Now to test the replication fail-over, I abruptly shut down the PRIMARY
I observed that there is some delay till the time the voting happens and
next PRIMARY is elected.
Now during this time my application tries to insert records to the database
and it keeps getting exceptions (until PRIMARY is up and running). As the
PRIMARY is not yet up, there is some *LOSS *of data. When the application
connects to the new PRIMARY it again commences the data insertion.
The downside here is that I am losing on my data.
To fix this issue I looked at the WriteConcern option that controls the
write behavior. One of the options I found was *REPLICAS_SAFE:*
Mongo doc for REPLICA-SAFE says- Exceptions are raised for network issues,
and server errors; *waits for at least 2 servers for the write operation*
So I changed my MongoURI configuration and added following options:
Now with this setting I restarted all the mongo servers and my application.
I stopped my PRIMARY server intermittently, hoping that now the inserts
would wait until at least one of the SECONDARY servers would become PRIMARY.
However, I got following exception:
*WARNING: emptying DBPortPool to loclhost:27022 b/c of error*
*java.io.IOException: couldn't connect to [/loclhost:27022]
bc:java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect*
*Oct 3, 2012 9:38:24 AM com.mongodb.DBTCPConnector _set*
*WARNING: Master switching from localhost:27022 to localhost:27021*
And even after the warning that the *Master* has changed the insertion
operation did not start.
I am not able to figure out what could be the real reason. What am I
missing here? Is this how *REPLICA_SAFE *supposed to behave?
What is the correct way of handling this situation when the PRIMARY goes
down (having slaveOk=false) and still prevent the data loss?