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From "Brian Bockelman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-5551) Namenode permits directory destruction on overwrite
Date Sun, 22 Mar 2009 16:47:50 GMT
Namenode permits directory destruction on overwrite

                 Key: HADOOP-5551
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-5551
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 0.19.1
            Reporter: Brian Bockelman
            Priority: Critical

The FSNamesystem's startFileInternal allows overwriting of directories.  That is, if you have
a directory named /foo/bar and you try to write a file named /foo/bar, the file is written
and the directory disappears.

This is most apparent for folks using libhdfs directly, as overwriting is always turned on.
 Therefore, if libhdfs applications do not check the existence of a directory first, then
they will permit new files to destroy directories.

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