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From "Raghu Angadi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-3426) Datanode does not start up if the local machines DNS isnt working right and dfs.datanode.dns.interface==default
Date Wed, 09 Jul 2008 18:27:31 GMT

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Raghu Angadi commented on HADOOP-3426:
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Regd cache : Should we enable all the time? When does it expire? When anyone invokes a DNS,
he/she should be aware of potential delays. Thats why in many places Hadoop is very careful
about DNS.. avoids it in most places at runtime.  Though adding cache looks like 'obviously
a good thing', I am not sure if it needs to be added to handle not so common error conditions.
If it is required because the application is DNS-heavy, then it helps.

> Datanode does not start up if the local machines DNS isnt working right and dfs.datanode.dns.interface==default
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-3426
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3426
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: dfs
>    Affects Versions: 0.19.0
>         Environment: Ubuntu 8.04, at home, no reverse DNS
>            Reporter: Steve Loughran
>            Assignee: Steve Loughran
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: hadoop-3426.patch, hadoop-3426.patch
>
>
> This is the third Java project I've been involved in that doesnt work on my home network,
due to implementation issues with  java.net.InetAddress.getLocalHost(), issues that only show
up on an unamanged network. Fortunately my home network exists to find these problems early.
> In hadoop, if the local hostname doesnt resolve, the datanode does not start up:
> Caused by: java.net.UnknownHostException: k2: k2
> at java.net.InetAddress.getLocalHost(InetAddress.java:1353)
> at org.apache.hadoop.net.DNS.getDefaultHost(DNS.java:185)
> at org.apache.hadoop.dfs.DataNode.startDataNode(DataNode.java:184)
> at org.apache.hadoop.dfs.DataNode.(DataNode.java:162)
> at org.apache.hadoop.dfs.ExtDataNode.(ExtDataNode.java:55)
> at org.smartfrog.services.hadoop.components.datanode.DatanodeImpl.sfStart(DatanodeImpl.java:60)
> While this is a valid option in a production (non-virtual) cluster, if you are playing
with VMWare/Xen private networks or on a home network, you can't rely on DNS. 
> 1. In these situations, its usually better to fall back to using "localhost" or 127.0.0.1
as a hostname if Java can't work it out for itself,
> 2. Its often good to cache this if used in lots of parts of the system, otherwise the
30s timeouts can cause problems of their own.

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