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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-6904) A baby step towards inter-version communications between dfs client and NameNode
Date Tue, 30 Nov 2010 02:24:14 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HADOOP-6904:

> Returning methods that supported at the server side along with getProtocolVersion is
a good solution to support across branch client/server RPCs. 
> Dhruba is especially interested in this approach

I really like the idea of making the server return a list of method signatures to the client.
Then the client can dynamically decide how best to make the RPC. If we do that, then the need
to have major/minor numbers can be considered an optimization, isn't it? 

> A baby step towards inter-version communications between dfs client and NameNode
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-6904
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-6904
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: ipc
>    Affects Versions: 0.22.0
>            Reporter: Hairong Kuang
>            Assignee: Hairong Kuang
>             Fix For: 0.22.0
>         Attachments: majorMinorVersion.patch, majorMinorVersion1.patch, rpcVersion.patch,
> Currently RPC communications in Hadoop is very strict. If a client has a different version
from that of the server, a VersionMismatched exception is thrown and the client can not connect
to the server. This force us to update both client and server all at once if a RPC protocol
is changed. But sometime different versions do not mean the client & server are not compatible.
It would be nice if we could relax this restriction and allows us to support inter-version
> My idea is that DfsClient catches VersionMismatched exception when it connects to NameNode.
It then checks if the client & the server is compatible. If yes, it sets the NameNode
version in the dfs client and allows the client to continue talking to NameNode. Otherwise,
rethrow the VersionMismatch exception.

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