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From "Chuan Liu (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HADOOP-8694) Create true symbolic links on Windows
Date Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:31:38 GMT
Chuan Liu created HADOOP-8694:
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             Summary: Create true symbolic links on Windows
                 Key: HADOOP-8694
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-8694
             Project: Hadoop Common
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 1-win
            Reporter: Chuan Liu
            Assignee: Chuan Liu
             Fix For: 1-win


In branch-1-win, we currently copy files for symbolic links in Hadoop on Windows. We have
talked to [~davidlao] who made the original fix, and did some investigation on Windows. Windows
began to support symbolic links (symlinks) since Vista/Server 2008. The original reason to
copy files instead of creating actual symlinks is that only Administrators has the privilege
to create symlinks on Windows _by default_. After talking to NTFS folks, we knew the reason
for that is mostly due to security, and this default behavior may not be changed in near future.
Though this behavior can be changed via  the Local Security Policy management console, i.e.
secpol.msc, under Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\Create symbolic
links.
 
In Hadoop, symlinks is mostly used to for DistributedCache and attempted logs. We felt the
usages are important enough for us to provide true symlinks support, and users need to have
the symlink creation privilege enabled on Windows to use Hadoop.

This JIRA is created to tracking symlink support on Windows.

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