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From "Dmitriy V. Ryaboy (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (HADOOP-7151) Document need for stable hashCode() in WritableComparable
Date Sat, 19 Feb 2011 04:55:38 GMT

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Dmitriy V. Ryaboy updated HADOOP-7151:

    Attachment: HADOOP-7151.patch

Attached is a javadoc-only patch.

> Document need for stable hashCode() in WritableComparable
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-7151
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-7151
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Dmitriy V. Ryaboy
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HADOOP-7151.patch
> When a Writable is used as a key, HashPartitioner implicitly assumes that hashCode()
will return the same value across different instances of the JVM. This is not a guaranteed
behavior in Java, and Object's default hashCode() does not in fact do this, which can lead
to subtle bugs. This requirement should be explicitly called out.
> In addition the sample MyWritable in the javadoc for WritableComparable does not implement
hashCode() and thus has a bug. That should be fixed.

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