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From "Tim Broberg (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-8003) Make SplitCompressionInputStream an interface instead of an abstract class
Date Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:32:11 GMT

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Tim Broberg commented on HADOOP-8003:
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Agreed, as compatible as possible while minimizing any increased complexity in the interface
is best.

My simplest and least invasive idea is this:
 1 - Have  SplittableCompressionCodec's createInputStream() return a CompressionInputStream
instead of a SplitCompressionInputStream.
 2 - Redefine SplitCompressionInputStream to be an interface instead of an abstract class.
 3 - Require that all CompressionInputStreams returned by this createInputStream() method
implement SplitCompressionInputStream.
 4 - Modify bzip to conform to the above.
 5 - (optional) applications may check that #3 is obeyed.

Benefits:
 1 - The application doesn't have to change at all. If a codec is an instance of SplittableCompressionCodec,
call the appropriate createInputStream function and use the resulting stream as before.
 2 - No duplicate classes or interfaces are introduced to confuse hapless developers.
 3 - New splittable codecs can extend any CompressionInputStream they like.

Can anybody describe an approach (or improvement to this one) that is less disruptive and/or
simpler?
                
> Make SplitCompressionInputStream an interface instead of an abstract class
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-8003
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-8003
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: io
>    Affects Versions: 0.21.0, 0.22.0, 0.23.0, 1.0.0
>            Reporter: Tim Broberg
>
> To be splittable, a codec must extend SplittableCompressionCodec which has a function
returning a SplitCompressionInputStream.
> SplitCompressionInputStream is an abstract class which extends CompressionInputStream,
the lowest level compression stream class.
> So, no codec that wants to be splittable can reuse any code from DecompressorStream or
BlockDecompressorStream.
> You either have to duplicate that code, or not be splittable.
> SplitCompressionInputStream adds just a few very thin functions. Can we make this an
interface rather than an abstract class to allow splittable decompression streams to extend
DecompressorStream, BlockDecompressorStream, or whatever else we should scheme up in the future?
> To my knowledge, this would impact only the BZip2 codec. None of the other implement
this form of splittability yet.
> LineRecordReader looks only at whether the codec is an instance of SplittableCompressionCodec,
and then calls the appropriate version of createInputStream. This would not change, so the
application code should not have to change, just BZip and SplitCompressionInputStream.

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