Outputs the SSTables that prevent an SSTable from dropping.

Outputs the SSTables that prevent an SSTable from dropping.

Identify the SSTables that are blocking dropping of entire SSTables during compaction. SSTables are dropped during compaction only when they contain only expired tombstones and are guaranteed not to cover any data in other SSTables.

Restriction: Stop DataStax Enterprise before you run this command.
The default location of this SSTable tool depends on the type of installation:
  • Package installations: /usr/bin/
  • Tarball installations: installation_location/resources/cassandra/tools/bin


keyspace_name table_name
Table 1. Legend
Syntax conventions Description
UPPERCASE Literal keyword.
Lowercase Not literal.
Italics Variable value. Replace with a valid option or user-defined value.
[ ] Optional. Square brackets ( [ ] ) surround optional command arguments. Do not type the square brackets.
( ) Group. Parentheses ( ( ) ) identify a group to choose from. Do not type the parentheses.
| Or. A vertical bar ( | ) separates alternative elements. Type any one of the elements. Do not type the vertical bar.
... Repeatable. An ellipsis ( ... ) indicates that you can repeat the syntax element as often as required.
'Literal string' Single quotation ( ' ) marks must surround literal strings in CQL statements. Use single quotation marks to preserve upper case.
{ key:value } Map collection. Braces ( { } ) enclose map collections or key value pairs. A colon separates the key and the value.
<datatype1,datatype2> Set, list, map, or tuple. Angle brackets ( < > ) enclose data types in a set, list, map, or tuple. Separate the data types with a comma.
cql_statement; End CQL statement. A semicolon ( ; ) terminates all CQL statements.
[ -- ] Separate the command line options from the command arguments with two hyphens ( -- ). This syntax is useful when arguments might be mistaken for command line options.
' <schema> ... </schema> ' Search CQL only: Single quotation marks ( ' ) surround an entire XML schema declaration.
@xml_entity='xml_entity_type' Search CQL only: Identify the entity and literal value to overwrite the XML element in the schema and solrconfig files.

The short form and long form parameters are comma-separated.

Command arguments

Test command syntax and environment. Do not execute the command.
Keyspace name. Required.
Table name. Required.


Output the blocking SSTables that prevent an SSTable from dropping

sstableexpiredblockers cycling cyclist_races

Test the output without executing sstableexpiredblockers

sstableexpiredblockers --dry-run cycling cyclist_races