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If MongoDB cannot split a chunk that exceeds the specified chunk size or contains a number of documents that exceeds the max, MongoDB labels the chunk as jumbo.

If the chunk size no longer hits the limits, MongoDB clears the jumbo flag for the chunk when the mongos reloads or rewrites the chunk metadata.

In cases where you need to clear the flag manually, the following procedures outline the steps to manually clear the jumbo flag.

Procedures

Divisible Chunks

The preferred way to clear the jumbo flag from a chunk is to attempt to split the chunk. If the chunk is divisible, MongoDB removes the flag upon successful split of the chunk.

1

Connect to mongos.

Connect a mongo shell to a mongos.

2

Find the jumbo Chunk.

Run sh.status(true) to find the chunk labeled jumbo.

sh.status(true)

For example, the following output from sh.status(true) shows that chunk with shard key range { "x" : 2 } -->> { "x" : 4 } is jumbo.

--- Sharding Status ---
  sharding version: {
     ...
  }
  shards:
     ...
  databases:
     ...
        test.foo
           shard key: { "x" : 1 }
        chunks:
             shard-b  2
             shard-a  2
        { "x" : { "$minKey" : 1 } } -->> { "x" : 1 } on : shard-b Timestamp(2, 0)
        { "x" : 1 } -->> { "x" : 2 } on : shard-a Timestamp(3, 1)
        { "x" : 2 } -->> { "x" : 4 } on : shard-a Timestamp(2, 2) jumbo
        { "x" : 4 } -->> { "x" : { "$maxKey" : 1 } } on : shard-b Timestamp(3, 0)
3

Split the jumbo Chunk.

Use either sh.splitAt() or sh.splitFind() to split the jumbo chunk.

sh.splitAt( "test.foo", { x: 3 })

MongoDB removes the jumbo flag upon successful split of the chunk.

Indivisible Chunks

In some instances, MongoDB cannot split the no-longer jumbo chunk, such as a chunk with a range of single shard key value, and the preferred method to clear the flag is not applicable. In such cases, you can clear the flag using the following steps.

Important

Only use this method if the preferred method is not applicable.

Before modifying the config database, always back up the config database.

If you clear the jumbo flag for a chunk that still exceeds the chunk size and/or the document number limit, MongoDB will re-label the chunk as jumbo when MongoDB tries to move the chunk.

1

Stop the balancer.

Disable the cluster balancer process temporarily, following the steps outlined in Disable the Balancer.

2

Create a backup of config database.

Use mongodump against a config server to create a backup of the config database. For example:

mongodump --db config --port <config server port> --out <output file>
3

Connect to mongos.

Connect a mongo shell to a mongos.

4

Find the jumbo Chunk.

Run sh.status(true) to find the chunk labeled jumbo.

sh.status(true)

For example, the following output from sh.status(true) shows that chunk with shard key range { "x" : 2 } -->> { "x" : 3 } is jumbo.

--- Sharding Status ---
  sharding version: {
     ...
  }
  shards:
     ...
  databases:
     ...
        test.foo
           shard key: { "x" : 1 }
        chunks:
             shard-b  2
             shard-a  2
        { "x" : { "$minKey" : 1 } } -->> { "x" : 1 } on : shard-b Timestamp(2, 0)
        { "x" : 1 } -->> { "x" : 2 } on : shard-a Timestamp(3, 1)
        { "x" : 2 } -->> { "x" : 3 } on : shard-a Timestamp(2, 2) jumbo
        { "x" : 3 } -->> { "x" : { "$maxKey" : 1 } } on : shard-b Timestamp(3, 0)
5

Update chunks collection.

In the chunks collection of the config database, unset the jumbo flag for the chunk. For example,

db.getSiblingDB("config").chunks.update(
   { ns: "test.foo", min: { x: 2 }, jumbo: true },
   { $unset: { jumbo: "" } }
)
6

Restart the balancer.

Restart the balancer, following the steps in Enable the Balancer.

7

Optional. Clear current cluster meta information.

To ensure that mongos instances update their cluster information cache, run flushRouterConfig in the admin database.

db.adminCommand({ flushRouterConfig: 1 } )