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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Assigned: (HADOOP-713) dfs list operation is too expensive
Date Tue, 13 Nov 2007 23:05:58 GMT

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dhruba borthakur reassigned HADOOP-713:
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    Assignee: dhruba borthakur  (was: Hairong Kuang)

> dfs list operation is too expensive
> -----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-713
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-713
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: dfs
>    Affects Versions: 0.8.0
>            Reporter: Hairong Kuang
>            Assignee: dhruba borthakur
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 0.15.1
>
>
> A list request to dfs returns an array of DFSFileInfo. A DFSFileInfo of a directory contains
a field called contentsLen, indicating its size  which gets computed at the namenode side
by resursively going through its subdirs. At the same time, the whole dfs directory tree is
locked.
> The list operation is used a lot by DFSClient for listing a directory, getting a file's
size and # of replicas, and getting the size of dfs. Only the last operation needs the field
contentsLen to be computed.
> To reduce its cost, we can add a flag to the list request. ContentsLen is computed If
the flag is set. By default, the flag is false.

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