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From Chris Collins <ch...@scoutlabs.com>
Subject Re: client connect as different username?
Date Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:10:20 GMT
Thanks Nicolas, I read it yet again (ok, only the third time).  Yes it  
talks of whoami, I actually knew that from single stepping the client  
too, I was still stuck.  It mentioned the posix model, kinda guessed  
that also from the javadocs.  From Dougs note it clearly states that  
"No foo account need to exist on the namenode" and that the only  
exception is the user that started the server.  I didnt get that  
clarity from the perms doc.  Perhaps an example for the case where  
there are users other than that that started the server....I would of  
thought this was a common one.  In our office we dumped this on a  
bunch of linux boxes that all share the same username, but all our  
developers are using macs with their own user name and they dont  
expect to have their own user on the linux boxes (cause we are lazy  
that way).

For instance, that all it requires is for me to create the ability for  
say a mac user with login of bob to access things under /bob is for me  
to go in as the super user and do something like:

hadoop dfs -mkdir /bob
hadoop dfs -chown bob /bob

where bob literally doesnt exist on the hdfs box and was not mentioned  
prior to those two commands.

On Jun 11, 2008, at 10:00 PM, s29752-hadoopuser@yahoo.com wrote:

> This information can be found in http://hadoop.apache.org/core/docs/current/hdfs_permissions_guide.html
> Nicholas
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Chris Collins <chris@scoutlabs.com>
>> To: core-user@hadoop.apache.org
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 9:31:18 PM
>> Subject: Re: client connect as different username?
>> Thanks Doug, should this be added to the permissions doc or to the
>> faq?  See you in Sonoma.
>> C
>> On Jun 11, 2008, at 9:15 PM, Doug Cutting wrote:
>>> Chris Collins wrote:
>>>> You are referring to creating a directory in hdfs?  Because if I am
>>>> user chris and the hdfs only has user foo, then I cant create a
>>>> directory because I dont have perms, infact I cant even connect.
>>> Today, users and groups are declared by the client.  The namenode
>>> only records and checks against user and group names provided by the
>>> client.  So if someone named "foo" writes a file, then that file is
>>> owned by someone named "foo" and anyone named "foo" is the owner of
>>> that file. No "foo" account need exist on the namenode.
>>> The one (important) exception is the "superuser".  Whatever user
>>> name starts the namenode is the superuser for that filesystem.  And
>>> if "/" is not world writable, a new filesystem will not contain a
>>> home directory (or anywhere else) writable by other users.  So, in a
>>> multiuser Hadoop installation, the superuser needs to create home
>>> directories and project directories for other users and set their
>>> protections accordingly before other users can do anything.  Perhaps
>>> this is what you've run into?
>>> Doug

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