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From "Andrew Wang (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-9981) Listing in RawLocalFileSystem is inefficient
Date Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:37:53 GMT

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Andrew Wang commented on HADOOP-9981:
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Hey Kihwal,

We could definitely use {{lstat(2)}} system call instead of {{stat(1)}}, it just requires
a bit more work. {{lstat(2)}} only provides the uid and gid, so these would need to be translated
into string names via {{getpwnam}} and {{getgrname}}. It'd also require calling {{readlink(2)}}
to get the link target if it's a link. I agree we can keep the existing behavior as a fallback
for not having native code.

As a side note, all of this should really be a fallback for JDK7's lstat, which we theoretically
should be allowed to use since JDK6 is EOL.
                
> Listing in RawLocalFileSystem is inefficient
> --------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-9981
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-9981
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.0
>            Reporter: Kihwal Lee
>            Priority: Critical
>
> After HADOOP-9652, listStatus() or globStatus() calls against a local file system directory
is very slow.  A user was loading data from local file system to Hive and it took about 30
seconds. The same operation took less than a second pre-HADOOP-9652. 
> The input path had many other files beside the input files and strace showed that fork
& exec of stat against each and every one of them. jstack confirmed that this was being
done from getNativeFileLinkStatus().

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