ERROR: Illegal modification timestamps were found in this replica. You may need to run 'Repair Timestamps.'

  • 10020107
  • 1.0.36579271.2379339
  • 25-Oct-1999
  • 05-Jul-2003

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DSREPAIR | Advanced options menu | Repair local DS database

DSREPAIR | Unattended full repair

Symptom

ERROR: Illegal modification timestamps were found in this replica.  You may need to run 'Repair Timestamps.'

Cause

A modification timestamp on one or more objects on your local NDS database are inconsistent.

Fix

In preparation for running a Repair time stamps and declare a new epoch, you must first verify the following:

1.  Your NDS partition containing these objects is synchronizing without any errors.

2.  The tree is in timesync.

One at a time, remove as many RW replicas of the partition as possible.  Try to get it down to a Master replica with just one or two RW replicas.

On the server holding the Master replica of the partition, load DSREPAIR -A | Advanced options menu | Replica and partition operations | select the partition with the illegal timestamped objects | Repair time stamps and declare a new epoch.

**NOTE:  This must be done for each partition in which the errors are found.  When you "REPAIR TIMESTAMPS AND DECLARE A NEW EPOCH" on a partition, it is for that partition only, therefore will give a new modification timestamp to all objects in that partition, however, if you have an object in another partition giving you the same error you will need to "REPAIR TIMESTAMPS AND DECLARE A NEW EPOCH" on that partition as well.

This option will simultaneously re-add all replicas of this partition, excluding the Master. Therefore do NOT run a New Epoch if the future timestamps displayed are not far into the future. Just wait until the real time catches up with the future timestamp and the message will stop.

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