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From "Eli Collins (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-5438) Merge FileSystem.create and FileSystem.append
Date Tue, 01 Jun 2010 20:25:39 GMT

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Eli Collins commented on HADOOP-5438:
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Does it make sense to do a release with the current API, ie is the merge of the APIs ready
enough to release?  From the last thread of comments it sounds like it's not clear what API
people want (eg vararg create flags).

> Merge FileSystem.create and FileSystem.append
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-5438
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-5438
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: fs
>            Reporter: He Yongqiang
>            Assignee: He Yongqiang
>             Fix For: 0.21.0
>
>         Attachments: Hadoop-5438(2009-04-06).patch, Hadoop-5438-2009-03-30.patch, Hadoop-5438-2009-03-31-2.patch,
Hadoop-5438-2009-03-31.patch, Hadoop-5438-2009-05-10.patch, Hadoop-5438-2009-05-15.patch,
Hadoop-5438-2009-05-19.patch, Hadoop-5438-2009-05-5.patch
>
>
> 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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