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From "Ted Dunning (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-2366) Space in the value for dfs.data.dir can cause great problems
Date Thu, 06 Dec 2007 17:39:43 GMT
Space in the value for dfs.data.dir can cause great problems

                 Key: HADOOP-2366
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-2366
             Project: Hadoop
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: conf
    Affects Versions: 0.13.1
            Reporter: Ted Dunning

The following configuration causes problems:

  <value>/mnt/hstore2/hdfs, /home/foo/dfs</value>  
  Determines where on the local filesystem an DFS data node  should store its bl
ocks.  If this is a comma-delimited  list of directories, then data will be stor
ed in all named  directories, typically on different devices.  Directories that 
do not exist are ignored.  

The problem is that the space after the comma causes the second directory for storage to be
" /home/foo/dfs" which is in a directory named <SPACE> which contains a sub-dir named
"home" in the hadoop datanodes default directory.  This will typically cause the user's home
partition to fill, but will be very hard for the user to understand since a directory with
a whitespace name is hard to understand.

My proposed solution would be to trimLeft all path names from this and similar property after
splitting on comma.  This still allows spaces in file and directory names but avoids this

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