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From "Gabor Szadovszky (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (AVRO-2109) Reset buffers in case of IOException
Date Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:19:00 GMT
Gabor Szadovszky created AVRO-2109:
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             Summary: Reset buffers in case of IOException
                 Key: AVRO-2109
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-2109
             Project: Avro
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: java
    Affects Versions: 1.8.2
            Reporter: Gabor Szadovszky
            Assignee: Gabor Szadovszky


In case of an {{IOException}} is thrown out from {{DataFileWriter.writeBlock}} the {{buffer}}
and {[blockCount}} are not reset therefore duplicated data is written out when {{close}}/{{flush}}.

This is actually a conceptual question whether we should reset the buffer or not in case of
an exception. In case of an exception occurs during writing the file we shall expect that
the file will be corrupt. So, the possible duplication of data shall not matter.
In the other hand if the file is already corrupt why would we try to write anything again
at file close?

This issue comes from a Flume issue where the HDFS wait thread is interrupted because of a
timeout during writing an Avro file. The actual block is properly written already but because
of the {{IOException}} caused by the thread interrupt we invoke {{close()}} on the writer
which writes the block again with some other stuff (maybe duplicated sync marker) that makes
the file corrupt.

[~busbey], [~nkollar], [~zi], any thoughts?



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