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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-5438) Merge FileSystem.create and FileSystem.append
Date Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:11:50 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HADOOP-5438:
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> And I think TUNCATE is of the same meaning of overwrite, i

TRUNCATE should keep the original file metadata (user permissions, block size, etc)... 

> Merge FileSystem.create and FileSystem.append
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-5438
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-5438
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: He Yongqiang
>
> Currently, when a user wants to modify a file, the user first calls exists() to know
if this file is already there. And then uses create() or append() according to whether the
file exists or not.
> the code looks like:
> {code}
> FSDataOutputStream out_1 = null;
> if (fs.exists(path_1))
>    out_1 = fs.append(path_1);
> else
>    out_1 = fs.create(path_1);
> {code}
> . On the performace side,It involes two RPCs. On the easy-of-use side, it is not very
convient in contrast to the traditional open interface.
> It will more complicate if there is a overwrite parameter specified. I donot know whether
there is a bug about 'overwrite' in 0.19, some times it takes a long time for overwrite creates
to reture. So i make the write file code with overwrite param works like:
> {code}
> boolean exists = fs.exists(name);
> if (overwrite) {
>     if (exists)
>        fs.delete(name, true);
>      this.out = fs.create(name, overwrite, bufferSize, replication,
> 				    blockSize, progress);
>      this.currentRowID = 0;
>  } else {
>    if (!exists)
> 	this.out = fs.create(name, overwrite, bufferSize,
> 					replication, blockSize, progress);
>    else
> 	this.out = fs.append(name, bufferSize, progress);
> {code}
> Some code statements there are really redundant and not needed, especialy with the delete().
But without deleting first, the overwrite takes a long time to reture.
> BTW, i will create another issue about the overwrite problem. If it is not a bug at all
or a duplicate, someone please close it.

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