2016-12-04 18:50:47 State DB configuration: fast
2016-12-04 18:50:47 Operating mode: active
2016-12-04 18:50:47 Configured for Frontier/Homestead using Ethash engine
Client service error: Client(Database("Invalid argument: You have to open all column families. Column families not opened: col5, col4, col3, col2, col1, col0"))
The cause of this is probably a corrupt database, itself caused by Parity having previously been shutdown in an ungraceful manner.
The recommendation in the notes to #2201 is to delete your blockchain data and re-sync from scratch.
I just encountered this error when transferring a Parity node from one server to another.
My issue was that I (foolishly)
rsynced the chain data to the new server without having stopped the node. As such the database was corrupted.
Interestingly, if you are transferring a 'live' node, this may be the best way of doing things.
As you may know, by default rsync syncs new or modified files. I synced the files whilst the node was running. This took approximately 40 minutes. After it had completed (and would not load), I stopped the node and rsynced again. This synced only the modified files and took a matter of seconds. My new node was no longer corrupt, and my downtime was a matter of seconds.