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From "Jason Lowe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-9972) new APIs for listStatus and globStatus to deal with symlinks
Date Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:58:53 GMT

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Jason Lowe commented on HADOOP-9972:
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+1 to the idea of having a new API where symlinks resolution and a per-entrhy error handler
can be specified.  That should allow the client to cover all the three scenarios based on
how the handler reacts to errors.  Just to be clear, what happens if the error handler does
not rethrow the exception?  Is the entry removed from the listStatus results, returned as
a raw symlink, or ...?  Is it controllable by the error handler?  I'm not sure if the difference
between "log exception and continue" vs. "ignore it completely" is a different return code
from the error handler method or just whether the handler logs or not.

bq. At first glance, I like extending the PathFilters.

That's a twist on the approach, not sure that's been proposed.  I suppose one could derive
a new interface from PathFilter that becomes PathOptions and listStatus(Path, PathFilter)
could check internally if it's actually got a PathOption instead of a PathFilter and behave
differently.  However I think an explicit, separate API would be preferable though, simply
for clarity of what the API expects from callers.
                
> new APIs for listStatus and globStatus to deal with symlinks
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-9972
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-9972
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: fs
>    Affects Versions: 2.1.1-beta
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>
> Based on the discussion in HADOOP-9912, we need new APIs for FileSystem to deal with
symlinks.  The issue is that code has been written which is incompatible with the existence
of things which are not files or directories.  For example,
> there is a lot of code out there that looks at FileStatus#isFile, and
> if it returns false, assumes that what it is looking at is a
> directory.  In the case of a symlink, this assumption is incorrect.
> It seems reasonable to make the default behavior of {{FileSystem#listStatus}} and {{FileSystem#globStatus}}
be fully resolving symlinks, and ignoring dangling ones.  This will prevent incompatibility
with existing MR jobs and other HDFS users.  We should also add new versions of listStatus
and globStatus that allow new, symlink-aware code to deal with symlinks as symlinks.

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