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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-2777) DFSClient more robust if the namenode is busy doing GC
Date Mon, 04 Feb 2008 18:09:08 GMT
DFSClient more robust if the namenode is busy doing GC
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                 Key: HADOOP-2777
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-2777
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: dfs
            Reporter: dhruba borthakur


In the current code, if the client (writer) encounters an RPC error while fetching a new block
id from the namenode, it does not retry. It throws an exception to the application. This becomes
especially bad if the namenode is in the middle of a GC and does not respond in time. The
reason the client throws an exception is because it does not know whether the namenode successfully
allocated a block for this file.

One possible enhancement would be to make the client retry the addBlock RPC if needed. The
client can send the block list that it currently has. The namenode can match the block list
send by the client with what it has in its own metadata and then send back a new blockid (or
a previously allocated blockid that the client had not yet received because the earlier RPC
timedout). This will make the client more robust!

This works even when we support Appends because the namenode will *always* verify that the
client has the lease for the file in question.

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