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From "Raghu Angadi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-4584) Slow generation of blockReport at DataNode causes delay of sending heartbeat to NameNode
Date Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:01:05 GMT

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Raghu Angadi commented on HADOOP-4584:
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> I have seen the 'rm -r' in practice, by the way .
A human error like this has a quick work around : to restart the datanode.

Improvements to block verification are required (mainly to catch more errors) and should be
part of of block verifier, block report does not need to compensate for that.

The scan of directories once a day is fine might be more assuring to people. But it is very
important not to hold the lock (as DN does now) even if the scan is less frequent. i.e., whether
we scan once a day or once every block report, the implementation of the scan looks the same.
So it still needs to be implemented ...


> Slow generation of blockReport at DataNode causes delay of sending heartbeat to NameNode
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-4584
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-4584
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: dfs
>            Reporter: Hairong Kuang
>            Assignee: Suresh Srinivas
>             Fix For: 0.20.0
>
>         Attachments: 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch, 4584.patch
>
>
> sometimes due to disk or some other problems, datanode takes minutes or tens of minutes
to generate a block report. It causes the datanode not able to send heartbeat to NameNode
every 3 seconds. In the worst case, it makes NameNode to detect a lost heartbeat and wrongly
decide that the datanode is dead.
> It would be nice to have two threads instead. One thread is for scanning data directories
and generating block report, and executes the requests sent by NameNode; Another thread is
for sending heartbeats, block reports, and picking up the requests from NameNode. By having
these two threads, the sending of heartbeats will not get delayed by any slow block report
or slow execution of NameNode requests.

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