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From "Steve Loughran (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-3839) hadoop should handle no cygwin on windows more gracefully
Date Sat, 26 Jul 2008 13:59:31 GMT
hadoop should handle no cygwin on windows more gracefully
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                 Key: HADOOP-3839
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3839
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
         Environment: Windows XP, cygwin not installed
            Reporter: Steve Loughran
            Priority: Minor


There have been a couple of postings to hadoop core-user in which people can't get hdfs to
come up on windows because whoami isnt on the path, which fails with an IOException error
code 2. 

To people not experienced in DOS error codes, this is a fairly meanless number which invariably
leads to time wasted and support emails.

1. the error could be caught and handled by printing some better hints (point to a wiki page?)
2. is whoami really needed on DOS-based filesystems?



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