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Graylog startup behaviour #1136

henrikjohansen opened this Issue May 3, 2015 · 4 comments


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henrikjohansen commented May 3, 2015

Currently when a server node starts and finds issues with the Elasticsearch cluster it refuses to complete the startup process - with the introduction of the journaling subsystem in 1.0 I find this behaviour a bit problematic since it could mean loosing messages.

I would like to suggest that server nodes always start regardless of the ES cluster status (and thus can buffer messages in it's journal) - the web interface could then inform the user that ES has a problem that needs investigating to avoid confusion.


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joschi added a commit that referenced this issue Jul 6, 2015

Allow startup without working Elasticsearch cluster
The previous implementation of IndexerSetupService (and related classes) would should down Graylog if
Elasticsearch wasn't available or the cluster health state was RED on startup. This made sense as long
as Graylog didn't have a proper on-disk journal in which messages could be persistently buffered.

The new implementation simply acknowledges the unavailability of Elasticsearch and generates an
appropriate system notification (and log entries) but does not shutdown Graylog.

Fixes #1136

@kroepke kroepke closed this in #1289 Jul 7, 2015

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