Zookeeper cluster delete all in a subtree – Failed to delete some node(s) in the subtree!

Deleting a node with a subtree in a Zookeeper is pretty easy and it could be done even with the Zookeeper cli from the command-line.

Deleting a node, which has a subtree could be done with the command “deleteall” but the command should be executing on the leader in the Zookeeper cluster!

If the user receives the following error:

root@zk01:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkCli.sh
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 25] deleteall /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
Failed to delete some node(s) in the subtree!

First, check if the Zookeeper node is the leader, and second, execute the deleteall command on the path, which should be deleted. Using the zkServer.sh in the Zookeeper bin directory to check whether the Zookeeper node is the leader one:

root@zk03:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkServer.sh status
ZooKeeper JMX enabled by default
Using config: /conf/zoo.cfg
Client port found: 2181. Client address: localhost. Client SSL: false.
Mode: leader
root@zk03:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkCli.sh
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 0] deleteall /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 1] 

No error, when the command deleteall is executed in the leader. No additional output either.

Deleting with the “delete” command will result in an error, too:

[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 0] delete /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
Node not empty: /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2

Zookeeper cli output

The follower’s output with delete, deleteall and list command ls:

root@zk01:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkServer.sh status
ZooKeeper JMX enabled by default
Using config: /conf/zoo.cfg
Client port found: 2181. Client address: localhost. Client SSL: false.
Mode: follower
root@zk01:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkCli.sh
Connecting to localhost:2181
2021-09-21 04:24:34,369 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:zookeeper.version=3.7.0-e3704b390a6697bfdf4b0bef79e3da7a4f6bac4b, built on 2021-03-17 09:46 UTC
2021-09-21 04:24:34,373 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:host.name=zk01
2021-09-21 04:24:34,373 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.version=11.0.12
2021-09-21 04:24:34,375 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.vendor=Oracle Corporation
2021-09-21 04:24:34,376 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.home=/usr/local/openjdk-11
2021-09-21 04:24:34,376 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.class.path=/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/target/classes:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../build/classes:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/target/lib/*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../build/lib/*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-prometheus-metrics-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-jute-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/snappy-java-1.1.7.7.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/slf4j-log4j12-1.7.30.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/slf4j-api-1.7.30.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_servlet-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_hotspot-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_common-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-native-unix-common-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-native-epoll-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-resolver-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-handler-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-common-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-codec-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-buffer-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/metrics-core-4.1.12.1.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/log4j-1.2.17.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jline-2.14.6.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-util-ajax-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-util-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-servlet-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-server-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-security-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-io-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-http-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/javax.servlet-api-3.1.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-databind-2.10.5.1.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-core-2.10.5.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-annotations-2.10.5.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/commons-cli-1.4.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/audience-annotations-0.12.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/src/main/resources/lib/*.jar:/conf:
2021-09-21 04:24:34,376 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.library.path=/usr/java/packages/lib:/usr/lib64:/lib64:/lib:/usr/lib
2021-09-21 04:24:34,376 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.io.tmpdir=/tmp
2021-09-21 04:24:34,376 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.compiler=<NA>
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.name=Linux
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.arch=amd64
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.version=5.4.0-42-generic
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.name=root
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.home=/root
2021-09-21 04:24:34,377 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.dir=/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin
2021-09-21 04:24:34,378 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.free=55MB
2021-09-21 04:24:34,380 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.max=256MB
2021-09-21 04:24:34,380 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.total=64MB
2021-09-21 04:24:34,385 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ZooKeeper@637] - Initiating client connection, connectString=localhost:2181 sessionTimeout=30000 watcher=org.apache.zookeeper.ZooKeeperMain$MyWatcher@7946e1f4
2021-09-21 04:24:34,390 [myid:] - INFO  [main:X509Util@77] - Setting -D jdk.tls.rejectClientInitiatedRenegotiation=true to disable client-initiated TLS renegotiation
2021-09-21 04:24:34,397 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ClientCnxnSocket@239] - jute.maxbuffer value is 1048575 Bytes
2021-09-21 04:24:34,409 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ClientCnxn@1726] - zookeeper.request.timeout value is 0. feature enabled=false
Welcome to ZooKeeper!
2021-09-21 04:24:34,439 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1171] - Opening socket connection to server localhost/127.0.0.1:2181.
2021-09-21 04:24:34,441 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1173] - SASL config status: Will not attempt to authenticate using SASL (unknown error)
JLine support is enabled
2021-09-21 04:24:34,454 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1005] - Socket connection established, initiating session, client: /127.0.0.1:40846, server: localhost/127.0.0.1:2181
2021-09-21 04:24:34,467 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1438] - Session establishment complete on server localhost/127.0.0.1:2181, session id = 0x1006ad505c30007, negotiated timeout = 30000

WATCHER::

WatchedEvent state:SyncConnected type:None path:null
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 0] delete /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
Node not empty: /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 1] deleteall /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
Failed to delete some node(s) in the subtree!
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 2] ls /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2/parts
[2021_5155978_5164111_2367, 2021_5155978_5164112_2368, 2021_5155978_5164113_2369, 2021_5155978_5164114_2370, 2021_5155978_5164115_2371, 2021_5155978_5164116_2372, 2021_5155978_5164117_2373]

Deleting the node subtree in the Zookeeper leader:

root@zk03:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkServer.sh status
ZooKeeper JMX enabled by default
Using config: /conf/zoo.cfg
Client port found: 2181. Client address: localhost. Client SSL: false.
Mode: leader
root@zk03:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin# ./bin/zkCli.sh 
Connecting to localhost:2181
2021-09-21 04:41:55,397 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:zookeeper.version=3.7.0-e3704b390a6697bfdf4b0bef79e3da7a4f6bac4b, built on 2021-03-17 09:46 UTC
2021-09-21 04:41:55,401 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:host.name=zk03
2021-09-21 04:41:55,401 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.version=11.0.12
2021-09-21 04:41:55,404 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.vendor=Oracle Corporation
2021-09-21 04:41:55,404 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.home=/usr/local/openjdk-11
2021-09-21 04:41:55,404 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.class.path=/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/target/classes:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../build/classes:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/target/lib/*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../build/lib/*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-prometheus-metrics-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-jute-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/zookeeper-3.7.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/snappy-java-1.1.7.7.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/slf4j-log4j12-1.7.30.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/slf4j-api-1.7.30.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_servlet-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_hotspot-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient_common-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/simpleclient-0.9.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-native-unix-common-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-native-epoll-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-transport-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-resolver-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-handler-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-common-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-codec-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/netty-buffer-4.1.59.Final.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/metrics-core-4.1.12.1.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/log4j-1.2.17.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jline-2.14.6.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-util-ajax-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-util-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-servlet-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-server-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-security-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-io-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jetty-http-9.4.38.v20210224.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/javax.servlet-api-3.1.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-databind-2.10.5.1.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-core-2.10.5.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/jackson-annotations-2.10.5.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/commons-cli-1.4.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../lib/audience-annotations-0.12.0.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-*.jar:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin/bin/../zookeeper-server/src/main/resources/lib/*.jar:/conf:
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.library.path=/usr/java/packages/lib:/usr/lib64:/lib64:/lib:/usr/lib
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.io.tmpdir=/tmp
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:java.compiler=<NA>
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.name=Linux
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.arch=amd64
2021-09-21 04:41:55,405 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.version=5.4.0-42-generic
2021-09-21 04:41:55,406 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.name=root
2021-09-21 04:41:55,406 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.home=/root
2021-09-21 04:41:55,406 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:user.dir=/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin
2021-09-21 04:41:55,406 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.free=56MB
2021-09-21 04:41:55,408 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.max=256MB
2021-09-21 04:41:55,408 [myid:] - INFO  [main:Environment@98] - Client environment:os.memory.total=64MB
2021-09-21 04:41:55,414 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ZooKeeper@637] - Initiating client connection, connectString=localhost:2181 sessionTimeout=30000 watcher=org.apache.zookeeper.ZooKeeperMain$MyWatcher@7946e1f4
2021-09-21 04:41:55,419 [myid:] - INFO  [main:X509Util@77] - Setting -D jdk.tls.rejectClientInitiatedRenegotiation=true to disable client-initiated TLS renegotiation
2021-09-21 04:41:55,427 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ClientCnxnSocket@239] - jute.maxbuffer value is 1048575 Bytes
2021-09-21 04:41:55,439 [myid:] - INFO  [main:ClientCnxn@1726] - zookeeper.request.timeout value is 0. feature enabled=false
Welcome to ZooKeeper!
2021-09-21 04:41:55,473 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1171] - Opening socket connection to server localhost/127.0.0.1:2181.
2021-09-21 04:41:55,477 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1173] - SASL config status: Will not attempt to authenticate using SASL (unknown error)
JLine support is enabled
2021-09-21 04:41:55,496 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1005] - Socket connection established, initiating session, client: /127.0.0.1:41234, server: localhost/127.0.0.1:2181
2021-09-21 04:41:55,513 [myid:localhost:2181] - INFO  [main-SendThread(localhost:2181):ClientCnxn$SendThread@1438] - Session establishment complete on server localhost/127.0.0.1:2181, session id = 0x3006ad4fdbc0002, negotiated timeout = 30000

WATCHER::

WatchedEvent state:SyncConnected type:None path:null
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 0] deleteall /clickhouse/statdata/collectd_metrics/replicas/replica_2
[zk: localhost:2181(CONNECTED) 1] 2021-09-21 04:42:53,061 [myid:] - ERROR [main:ServiceUtils@42] - Exiting JVM with code 0
root@zk03:/apache-zookeeper-3.7.0-bin#

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