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From "Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-3289) Hadoop should have a way to know when JobTracker is really ready to accept jobs.
Date Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:11:21 GMT
Hadoop should have a way to know when JobTracker is really ready to accept jobs.
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                 Key: HADOOP-3289
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3289
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli


Hadoop throws an org.apache.hadoop.mapred.JobTracker$IllegalStateException when we try to
submit jobs while JT is still initializing and cannot accept jobs yet. This might be because
of various reasons, like job submitted too early, or JT waiting for response from NN which
might be in safemode (HADOOP-2213) or JT fails to clean-up mapred system directory(HADOOP-3276).
This causes problems in HoD or any other user scripts automatically submitting jobs.

To deal with such problems, we need to have a way either to find out the state of the job
tracker so that this can be checked before launching any job, or, otherwise, a way to determine
if JT can accept any jobs now. Currently there is no api/command line interface to check this
in Hadoop. Even job submission doesn't return any specific error code, even in presence of
IllegalStateException error. So, the only reliable way, for HOD/scripts to detect such exceptions
as these, is to search for exception strings in the output of these commands, which is kind
of nasty.

So, it would be good if Hadoop can provide an api/error code/cmd line utility to check if
JT is really ready to accept any jobs. Otherwise HoD/user scripts will be left with resorting
to (unreliable) way of sleeping for arbitrary amounts of time and retrying w/o knowing the
actual reason.

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