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From "Michael Bieniosek (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-2073) Datanode corruption if machine dies while writing VERSION file
Date Thu, 18 Oct 2007 00:32:50 GMT
Datanode corruption if machine dies while writing VERSION file

                 Key: HADOOP-2073
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-2073
             Project: Hadoop
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 0.14.0
            Reporter: Michael Bieniosek

Yesterday, due to a bad mapreduce job, some of my machines went on OOM killing sprees and
killed a bunch of datanodes, among other processes.  Since my monitoring software kept trying
to bring up the datanodes, only to have the kernel kill them off again, each machine's datanode
was probably killed many times.  A large percentage of these datanodes will not come up now,
and write this message to the logs:

2007-10-18 00:23:28,076 ERROR org.apache.hadoop.dfs.DataNode: org.apache.hadoop.dfs.InconsistentFSStateException:
Directory /hadoop/dfs/data is in an inconsistent state: file VERSION is invalid.

When I check, /hadoop/dfs/data/current/VERSION is an empty file.  Consequently, I have to
delete all the blocks on the datanode and start over.  Since the OOM killing sprees happened
simultaneously on several datanodes in my DFS cluster, this could have crippled my dfs cluster.

I checked the hadoop code, and in org.apache.hadoop.dfs.Storage, I see this:
     * Write version file.
     * @throws IOException
    void write() throws IOException {

    void write(File to) throws IOException {
      Properties props = new Properties();
      setFields(props, this);
      RandomAccessFile file = new RandomAccessFile(to, "rws");
      FileOutputStream out = null;
      try {
        out = new FileOutputStream(file.getFD());
        props.store(out, null);
      } finally {
        if (out != null) {

So if the datanode dies after file.setLength(0), but before props.store(out, null), the VERSION
file will get trashed in the corrupted state I see.  Maybe it would be better if this method
created a temporary file VERSION.tmp, and then copied it to VERSION, then deleted VERSION.tmp?
 That way, if VERSION was detected to be corrupt, the datanode could look at VERSION.tmp to
recover the data.

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