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From "Ravi Gummadi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-6631) FileUtil.fullyDelete() should continue to delete other files despite failure at any level.
Date Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:52:27 GMT

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Ravi Gummadi commented on HADOOP-6631:
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No chmod should be done explicitly. Let the caller of fullyDelete() do that if needed. If
permissions are not there for some file, that file will not be deleted.

This JIRA fixes the issue of not continuing deletion of other files/directories when some
file could not deleted anywhere in the tree.

> FileUtil.fullyDelete() should continue to delete other files despite failure at any level.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-6631
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-6631
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: fs, util
>            Reporter: Vinod K V
>             Fix For: 0.22.0
>
>
> Ravi commented about this on HADOOP-6536. Paraphrasing...
> Currently FileUtil.fullyDelete(myDir) comes out stopping deletion of other files/directories
if it is unable to delete a file/dir(say because of not having permissions to delete that
file/dir) anywhere under myDir. This is because we return from method if the recursive call
"if(!fullyDelete()) {return false;}" fails at any level of recursion.
> Shouldn't it continue with deletion of other files/dirs continuing in the for loop instead
of returning false here ?
> I guess fullyDelete() should delete as many files as possible(similar to 'rm -rf').

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