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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-1475) Bad Avro write in mapper causes ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException in reducer
Date Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:11:42 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on AVRO-1475:
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I would expect errors while writing in the mapper to fail the mapper and subsequently fail
the job.  If an application were to catch that exception and continue then it might well produce
the error you describe, but this should not happen without an application catching and ignoring
an exception.  If it does, that's a bug we should fix.  A reproducible test case would help
in this case.

That said, we might add a feature to permit applications to catch exceptions while writing
map outputs and continue.  This, as you suggest, would require another layer of buffering.
 Note that DataFileWriter has such a buffer and already permits one to continue after such
exceptions, but map outputs do not use DataFileWriter and do not yet permit this.

> Bad Avro write in mapper causes ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException in reducer
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-1475
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1475
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: java
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.6
>         Environment: hadoop 1.0.3
>            Reporter: Cliff Resnick
>
> This may or may not be a retread of AVRO-792 (which was inconclusively resolved) , but
it's consistently occurring in 1.7.6. The role of the map phase in the problem was not addressed
in AVRO-792 so I'm bringing it up here.
> My hypothesis is that the AvroSerializer sinks bytes to output as it validates, so when
a write of a schema-invalid Datum is attempted in the mapper, the data written up to that
point makes its way to the reducer, even as an exception is thrown in the mapper. This results
in a reduce failing with a mysterious ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException as below. To test this
I had the AvroDeserializer catch and log rather than throw an exception, and the cardinalities
of reduce errors match exactly with the mapper errors.
> The obvious problem with the current situation is that there is no way for a mapreduce
job to omit bad data without doubly serializing it, first to verify and then to write. A proper
solution would be for the Encoder to transactionally buffer the serialized bytes so that when
the serialization breaks, it's caught in the mapper without blowing the entire mapreduce (since
the error below occurs before any "userland" mapreduce code is called).
> Caused by: java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 10
> 	at org.apache.avro.io.parsing.Symbol$Alternative.getSymbol(Symbol.java:365)
> 	at org.apache.avro.io.ResolvingDecoder.doAction(ResolvingDecoder.java:229)
> 	at org.apache.avro.io.parsing.Parser.advance(Parser.java:88)
> 	at org.apache.avro.io.ResolvingDecoder.readIndex(ResolvingDecoder.java:206)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumReader.read(GenericDatumReader.java:155)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumReader.readField(GenericDatumReader.java:193)
> 	at org.apache.avro.reflect.ReflectDatumReader.readField(ReflectDatumReader.java:230)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumReader.readRecord(GenericDatumReader.java:183)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumReader.read(GenericDatumReader.java:151)
> 	at org.apache.avro.generic.GenericDatumReader.read(GenericDatumReader.java:142)
> 	at org.apache.avro.hadoop.io.AvroDeserializer.deserialize(AvroDeserializer.java:123)



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