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From "Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-3941) Extend FileSystem API to return file-checksums/file-digests
Date Fri, 29 Aug 2008 23:29:44 GMT

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Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE commented on HADOOP-3941:
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> Distcp should not hardwire any algorithm

That is true.  We might need a method for getting the supported algorithms of a file system.
 Algorithms will be sorted by the preference.  For example, if S3 supports {MD5, FileLength},
HDFS supports {HDFS-Checksum, FileLength} and LocalFS supports {MD5, HDFS-Checksum, FileLength},
then 
- S3 -> HDFS or HDFS -> S3 will use FileLength
- S3 -> S3 will use MD5
- S3 -> LocalFS will use MD5
- LocalFS -> HDFS will use HDFS-Checksum


> Extend FileSystem API to return file-checksums/file-digests
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-3941
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3941
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: fs
>            Reporter: Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE
>            Assignee: Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE
>         Attachments: 3941_20080818.patch, 3941_20080819.patch, 3941_20080819b.patch,
3941_20080820.patch, 3941_20080826.patch, 3941_20080827.patch
>
>
> Suppose we have two files in two locations (may be two clusters) and these two files
have the same size.  How could we tell whether the content of them are the same?
> Currently, the only way is to read both files and compare the content of them.  This
is a very expensive operation if the files are huge.
> So, we would like to extend the FileSystem API to support returning file-checksums/file-digests.

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