Apache Cassandra™ 1.2

Cannot initialize class org.xerial.snappy.Snappy

An error may occur when Snappy compression/decompression is enabled although its library is available from the classpath.

java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
    Could not initialize class org.xerial.snappy.Snappy
Caused by: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class org.xerial.snappy.Snappy
   at org.apache.cassandra.io.compress.SnappyCompressor.initialCompressedBufferLength
       (SnappyCompressor.java:39 )

The native library snappy- for Snappy compression is included in the snappy-java- file. When the JVM initializes the JAR, the library is added to the default temp directory. If the default temp directory is mounted with a noexec option, it results in the above exception.

One solution is to specify a different temp directory that has already been mounted without the noexec option, as follows:

  • If you use the DSE/Cassandra command $_BIN/dse cassandra or $_BIN/cassandra, simply append the command line:
    • DSE: bin/dse cassandra -t -Dorg.xerial.snappy.tempdir=/path/to/newtmp
    • Cassandra: bin/cassandra -Dorg.xerial.snappy.tempdir=/path/to/newtmp
  • If starting from a package using service dse start or service cassandra start, add a system environment variable JVM_OPTS with the value:


    The default cassandra-env.sh looks for the variable and appends to it when starting the JVM.