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From "Marco Nicosia (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-554) hadoop dfs command line doesn't exit with status code on error
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2006 18:05:24 GMT
hadoop dfs command line doesn't exit with status code on error

                 Key: HADOOP-554
                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-554
             Project: Hadoop
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: dfs
            Reporter: Marco Nicosia

In DFSClient, the code looks like:

---- >8 ----

        int exitCode = -1;
        try {
            if ("-put".equals(cmd) || "-copyFromLocal".equals(cmd)) {
                copyFromLocal(new Path(argv[i++]), argv[i++]);
            exitCode = 0;;
        } catch (IOException e ) {
          System.err.println( cmd.substring(1) + ": " + e.getLocalizedMessage() );  
        } finally {
        return exitCode;

---- 8< ----

Point 1: Few, if any of the functions called throw an exception. Instead they System.err.println
and return.
Point 2: exitCode, regardless if there is an exception, is always 0.

At minimum, it would be best if SOME status code were returned, so that any scripts calling
hadoop dfs would know to parse the output.

At best, there'd be a well-documented table of exit codes so that parsing stderr wouldn't
be required.

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