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From "Allen Wittenauer (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4044) Create symbolic links in HDFS
Date Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:06:44 GMT

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Allen Wittenauer commented on HADOOP-4044:
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symbolic links to directories allows for admins to move content around without disrupting
user processes.   without symbolic links to directories, we'd end up creating a symbolic link
for each file.  

that seems extremely counter-productive and more likely to cause the name node significant
amount of grief.

> Create symbolic links in HDFS
> -----------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-4044
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-4044
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: dfs
>            Reporter: dhruba borthakur
>            Assignee: dhruba borthakur
>         Attachments: symLink1.patch
>
>
> HDFS should support symbolic links. A symbolic link is a special type of file that contains
a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path and that
affects pathname resolution. Programs which read or write to files named by a symbolic link
will behave as if operating directly on the target file. However, archiving utilities can
handle symbolic links specially and manipulate them directly.

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