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From "Sanjay Radia (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 02:12:14 GMT

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Sanjay Radia commented on HADOOP-6904:
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@doug
> .. protocol introspection on the client and server. That would better integrate with
Avro, should we ever decide to switch to that.
With Avro you get that for free. 
Originally I was in favor of adding the method inspection to this jira; but if you look at
my comment above it does not make 
much of a difference for the client - the client needs an if statement either way. Most of
the benefits come from the Major-minor number as
it eliminates all the if statements related to the minor change to the protocol.
I could live with doing method names later when we integrate with Avro (as Doug suggests).

> 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,
rpcVersion1.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
communications.
> 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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