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Table Creation Fails after Installing LZO
If you install LZO after starting the Region Server, you will not be able to create a table with LZO compression until you re-start the Region Server.
Why this happens
When the Region Server starts, it runs CompressionTest and caches the results. When you try to create a table with a given form of compression, it refers to those results. You have installed LZO since starting the Region Server, so the cached results, which pre-date LZO, cause the create to fail.
What to do
Restart the Region Server. Now table creation with LZO will succeed.