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From "Andrzej Bialecki (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-496) Expose HDFS as a WebDAV store
Date Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:54:53 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-496?page=comments#action_12448214 ] 
            
Andrzej Bialecki  commented on HADOOP-496:
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Hmm.. do you think it's easier at this point to implement this functionality from scratch,
or to use your patches as a starting point?

> Expose HDFS as a WebDAV store
> -----------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-496
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-496
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: dfs
>            Reporter: Michel Tourn
>
> WebDAV stands for Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to
the HTTP protocol that lets users collaboratively edit and manage files on a remote web server.
It is often considered as a replacement for NFS or SAMBA
> HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) needs a friendly file system interface. DFSShell
commands are unfamiliar. Instead it is more convenient for Hadoop users to use a mountable
network drive. A friendly interface to HDFS will be used both for casual browsing of data
and for bulk import/export. 
> The FUSE provider for HDFS is already available ( http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-17
)  but it had scalability problems. WebDAV is a popular alternative. 
> The typical licensing terms for WebDAV tools are also attractive: 
> GPL for Linux client tools that Hadoop would not redistribute anyway. 
> More importantly, Apache Project/Apache license for Java tools and for server components.

> This allows for a tighter integration with the HDFS code base.
> There are some interesting Apache projects that support WebDAV.
> But these are probably too heavyweight for the needs of Hadoop:
> Tomcat servlet: http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-4.1-doc/catalina/docs/api/org/apache/catalina/servlets/WebdavServlet.html
> Slide:          http://jakarta.apache.org/slide/
> Being HTTP-based and "backwards-compatible" with Web Browser clients, the WebDAV server
protocol could even be piggy-backed on the existing Web UI ports of the Hadoop name node /
data nodes. WebDAV can be hosted as (Jetty) servlets. This minimizes server code bloat and
this avoids additional network traffic between HDFS and the WebDAV server.
> General Clients (read-only):
> Any web browser
> Linux Clients: 
> Mountable GPL davfs2  http://dav.sourceforge.net/
> FTP-like  GPL Cadaver http://www.webdav.org/cadaver/
> Server Protocol compliance tests:
> http://www.webdav.org/neon/litmus/  
> A goal is for Hadoop HDFS to pass this test (minus support for Properties)
> Pure Java clients:
> DAV Explorer Apache lic. http://www.ics.uci.edu/~webdav/	
> WebDAV also makes it convenient to add advanced features in an incremental fashion:
> file locking, access control lists, hard links, symbolic links.
> New WebDAV standards get accepted and more or less featured WebDAV clients exist.
> core              http://www.webdav.org/specs/rfc2518.html
> ACLs              http://www.webdav.org/specs/rfc3744.html
> redirects "soft links" http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/rfc4437.html
> BIND "hard links" http://www.webdav.org/bind/
> quota             http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4331

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