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From "Raghu Angadi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4044) Create symbolic links in HDFS
Date Tue, 07 Oct 2008 19:14:44 GMT

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Raghu Angadi commented on HADOOP-4044:
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> Returning normal values through exceptions is a perversion. 
hardly anyone disagrees with it. Another trueism is that returning unrelated values is API
pollution. I guess one end of the opinion is that retuning link is normal and other end thinks
it isn't. The issue is not about returning values vs exception 'in general', but only about
this particular case.

> 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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