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From "Suresh Srinivas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-6240) Rename operation is not consistent betwee different implementations of FileSystem
Date Fri, 04 Sep 2009 18:45:57 GMT

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Suresh Srinivas commented on HADOOP-6240:
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There are two problems to address:
# Define clearly what the behavior of rename functionality shoudl be
# Ensure all the FileSystem implementations adhere to it

Before looking at how different implementations of {{FileSystem}} in hadoop behave, lets decide
on the expected behavior under different boundary conditions. Posix (http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/functions/rename.html)
defines the following:
# Renaming a file to a directory or directory to a file should fail.
# Renaming old file to a new file that exists should succeed. Existing new file is removed
before rename.
# Renaming old dir to a new dir that exists and is not empty should fail
# Renaming old dir to a new dir that exists and is empty should succeed. Existing new dir
is removed before rename.
# The new pathname that contains the old path as prefix should fail.
# Renaming to a new path with non-existent directory (rename /a/b to /c/d where c does not
exist) should fail


For indicating failure in above cases, {{IOException}} will be thrown instead of returning
{{false}}.



> Rename operation is not consistent betwee different implementations of FileSystem
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-6240
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-6240
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: fs
>            Reporter: Suresh Srinivas
>            Assignee: Suresh Srinivas
>             Fix For: 0.21.0
>
>
> The rename operation has many scenarios that are not consistently implemented across
file systems.

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