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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4044) Create symbolic links in HDFS
Date Thu, 09 Oct 2008 23:24:44 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on HADOOP-4044:
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Owen, do you think this logic is unique to HDFS?  If we add support for links to another FileSystem
implementation would we want to share this logic with HDFS?  If so, could we do it through
a common base-class, like LinkableFileSystem.  Then FileSystems that never intend to support
links could continue to directly implement the end-user methods, while FileSystems that support
links would extend the new subclass and implement the LinkResult<T> SPI methods.  Is
that consistent with your proposal?

Also, the pseudo code above will cause a stack overflow for a circular link.  Shouldn't we
catch loops earlier than that?  And if the loop-detection logic is non-trivial, won't we end
up with either lots of duplicated code or something like the anonymous classes in Dhruba's
patch?


> 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, symLink1.patch, symLink4.patch, symLink5.patch,
symLink6.patch, symLink8.patch, symLink9.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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