Known Issues in Cloudera Search

Learn about the known issues in Cloudera Search, the impact or changes to the functionality, and the workaround.

Known Issues

Indexing fails with socketTimeout

Starting from CDH 6.0, the HTTP client library used by Solr has a default socket timeout of 10 minutes. Because of this, if a single request sent from an indexer executor to Solr takes more than 10 minutes to be serviced, the indexing process fails with a timeout error.

This timeout has been raised to 24 hours. Nevertheless, there still may be use cases where even this extended timeout period proves insufficient.

If your MapreduceIndexerTool or HBaseMapreduceIndexerTool batch indexing jobs fail with a timeout error during the go-live (Live merge, MERGEINDEXES) phase (This means the merge takes longer than 24 hours).

Use the --go-live-timeout option where the timeout can be specified in milliseconds.

If the timeout occurs during Near real time (NRT) indexing, Cloudera suggests you try the following workarounds:

  • Check the batch size of your indexing job. Sending too large batches to Solr might increase the time needed on the Solr server to process the incoming batch.
  • If your indexing job uses deleteByQuery requests, consider using deleteById wherever possible as deleteByQuery involves a complex locking mechanism on the Solr side which makes processing the requests slower.
  • Check the number of executors for your Spark Crunch Indexer job. Too many executors can overload the Solr service. You can configure the number of executors by using the --mappers parameter
  • Check that your Solr installation is correctly sized to accommodate the indexing load, making sure that the number of Solr servers and the number of shards in your target collection are adequate.
  • The socket timeout for the connection can be configured in the morphline file. Add the solrClientSocketTimeout parameter to the solrLocator command

    Example

    SOLR_LOCATOR :
    { 
      collection : test_collection 
      zkHost : "zookeeper1.example.corp:2181/solr" 
    # 10 minutes in milliseconds 
      solrClientSocketTimeout: 600000  
      # Max number of documents to pass per RPC from morphline to Solr Server
      # batchSize : 10000
    
    }
    
Splitshard operation on HDFS index checks local filesystem and fails

When performing a shard split on an index that is stored on HDFS, SplitShardCmd still evaluates free disk space on the local file system of the server where Solr is installed. This may cause the command to fail, perceiving that there is no adequate disk space to perform the shard split.

Run the following command to skip the check for sufficient disk space altogether:
  • On nonsecure clusters:
    curl 'http://$[***SOLR_SERVER_HOSTNAME***]:8983/solr/admin/collections?action=SPLITSHARD&collection=[***COLLECTION_NAME***]&shard=[***SHARD_TO_SPLIT***]&skipFreeSpaceCheck=true'
  • On secure clusters:
    curl -k -u : --negotiate 'http://$[***SOLR_SERVER_HOSTNAME***]:8985/solr/admin/collections?action=SPLITSHARD&collection=[***COLLECTION_NAME***]&shard=[***SHARD_TO_SPLIT***]&skipFreeSpaceCheck=true'

Replace [***SOLR_SERVER_HOSTNAME***] with a valid Solr server hostname, [***COLLECTION_NAME***] with the collection name, and [***SHARD_TO_SPLIT***] with the ID of the to split.

To verify that the command executed succesfully, check overseer logs for a similar entry:

2021-02-02 12:43:23.743 INFO  (OverseerThreadFactory-9-thread-5-processing-n:myhost.example.com:8983_solr) [c:example s:shard1  ] o.a.s.c.a.c.SplitShardCmd Skipping check for sufficient disk space
Lucene index handling limitation
The Lucene index can only be upgraded by one major version. Solr 8 will not open an index that was created with Solr 6 or earlier.
There is no workaround, you need to reindex collections.
Solr service with no added collections causes the upgrade process to fail
Upgrade fails while performing the bootstrap collections step of the solr-upgrade.sh script with the error message:
Failed to execute command Bootstrap Solr Collections on service Solr
if there are no collections present in Solr.
If there are no collections added to it, remove the Solr service from your cluster before you start the upgrade.
Collection Creation No Longer Supports Automatically Selecting A Configuration If Only One Exists

Before CDH 5.5.0, a collection could be created without specifying a configuration. If no -c value was specified, then:

  • If there was only one configuration, that configuration was chosen.

  • If the collection name matched a configuration name, that configuration was chosen.

Search now includes multiple built-in configurations. As a result, there is no longer a case in which only one configuration can be chosen by default.

Explicitly specify the collection configuration to use by passing -c <configName> to solrctl collection --create.
CrunchIndexerTool which includes Spark indexer requires specific input file format specifications
If the --input-file-format option is specified with CrunchIndexerTool, then its argument must be text, avro, or avroParquet, rather than a fully qualified class name.
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The quickstart.sh file does not validate ZooKeeper and the NameNode on some operating systems.
The quickstart.sh file uses the timeout function to determine if ZooKeeper and the NameNode are available. To ensure this check can be complete as intended, the quickstart.sh determines if the operating system on which the script is running supports timeout. If the script detects that the operating system does not support timeout, the script continues without checking if the NameNode and ZooKeeper are available. If your environment is configured properly or you are using an operating system that supports timeout, this issue does not apply.
This issue only occurs in some operating systems. If timeout is not available, the quickstart continues and final validation is always done by the MapReduce jobs and Solr commands that are run by the quickstart.
Field value class guessing and Automatic schema field addition are not supported with the MapReduceIndexerTool nor with the HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool.
The MapReduceIndexerTool and the HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool can be used with a Managed Schema created via NRT indexing of documents or via the Solr Schema API. However, neither tool supports adding fields automatically to the schema during ingest.
Define the schema before running the MapReduceIndexerTool or HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool. In non-schemaless mode, define in the schema using the schema.xml file. In schemaless mode, either define the schema using the Solr Schema API or index sample documents using NRT indexing before invoking the tools. In either case, Cloudera recommends that you verify that the schema is what you expect, using the List Fields API command.
The Browse and Spell Request Handlers are not enabled in schemaless mode
The Browse and Spell Request Handlers require certain fields to be present in the schema. Since those fields cannot be guaranteed to exist in a Schemaless setup, the Browse and Spell Request Handlers are not enabled by default.
If you require the Browse and Spell Request Handlers, add them to the solrconfig.xml configuration file. Generate a non-schemaless configuration to see the usual settings and modify the required fields to fit your schema.
Enabling blockcache writing may result in unusable indexes.
It is possible to create indexes with solr.hdfs.blockcache.write.enabled set to true. Such indexes may appear corrupt to readers, and reading these indexes may irrecoverably corrupt indexes. Blockcache writing is disabled by default.
None
Users with insufficient Solr permissions may receive a "Page Loading" message from the Solr Web Admin UI.
Users who are not authorized to use the Solr Admin UI are not given a page explaining that access is denied to them, instead receive a web page that never finishes loading.
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Using MapReduceIndexerTool or HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool multiple times may produce duplicate entries in a collection.
Repeatedly running the MapReduceIndexerTool on the same set of input files can result in duplicate entries in the Solr collection. This occurs because the tool can only insert documents and cannot update or delete existing Solr documents. This issue does not apply to the HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool unless it is run with more than zero reducers.
To avoid this issue, use HBaseMapReduceIndexerTool with zero reducers. This must be done without Kerberos.
Deleting collections might fail if hosts are unavailable.
It is possible to delete a collection when hosts that host some of the collection are unavailable. After such a deletion, if the previously unavailable hosts are brought back online, the deleted collection may be restored.
Ensure all hosts are online before deleting collections.

Unsupported Features

The following Solr features are currently not supported in Cloudera Data Platform: