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From "Ivan Mitic (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-8731) Public distributed cache support for Windows
Date Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:53:12 GMT

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Ivan Mitic commented on HADOOP-8731:

Thanks a lot Vinod, Bikas for additional clarifications! I looked thru the codebase and things
add up now :)

As you pointed out, this is only a problem if the default file system is LFS and we pass in
file:/// URI. This is the case in TestTrackerDistributedCacheManager hence the test fails.
Would it still make sense to go with my fix (I still have to polish it up and address comments),
or you'd like to look for alternative ways to only fix the test?
> Public distributed cache support for Windows
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-8731
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-8731
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: filecache
>            Reporter: Ivan Mitic
>            Assignee: Ivan Mitic
>         Attachments: HADOOP-8731-PublicCache.patch
> A distributed cache file is considered public (sharable between MR jobs) if OTHER has
read permissions on the file and +x permissions all the way up in the folder hierarchy. By
default, Windows permissions are mapped to "700" all the way up to the drive letter, and it
is unreasonable to ask users to change the permission on the whole drive to make the file
public. IOW, it is hardly possible to have public distributed cache on Windows. 
> To enable the scenario and make it more "Windows friendly", the criteria on when a file
is considered public should be relaxed. One proposal is to check whether the user has given
EVERYONE group permission on the file only (and discard the +x check on parent folders).
> Security considerations for the proposal: Default permissions on Unix platforms are usually
"775" or "755" meaning that OTHER users can read and list folders by default. What this also
means is that Hadoop users have to explicitly make the files private in order to make them
private in the cluster (please correct me if this is not the case in real life!). On Windows,
default permissions are "700". This means that by default all files are private. In the new
model, if users want to make them public, they have to explicitly add EVERYONE group permissions
on the file. 
> TestTrackerDistributedCacheManager fails because of this issue.

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