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From "Mahadev Konar" <maha...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject RE: Formatting the Namenode
Date Wed, 11 Oct 2006 16:41:22 GMT
Hi Howard, 
  The formatting of the filesystem is with respect to Hadoop File System. It
does not involve formatting your local file system. All you need to do is 

bin/hadoop namenode -format.

This command just creates some files for the namenode in the directory
specified as dfs.name.dir. Also, Hadoop does work on Windows. You will need
to install cygwin. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: howard chen [mailto:howachen@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:34 AM
> To: hadoop-user@lucene.apache.org
> Subject: Formatting the Namenode
> hello all,
> from the page:
> http://wiki.apache.org/lucene-hadoop/GettingStartedWithHadoop
> The first step to starting up your Hadoop installation is formatting
> the file system. You need to do this the first time you set up a
> Hadoop installation. Do not format a running file system, this will
> cause all your data to be erased. To format the file system, run the
> command:
> i am confused by the instruction there...is that mean
> 1. I need to make an empty partition for hadoop first, without formatting
> it?
> 2. Is that mean haoop will only run on Linux as the file system can't
> be supported by windows?
> 3. are there any complete step by step tutorial for newbie?
> thanks.

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