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From Tamir Kamara <tamirkam...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Namenode failed to start with "FSNamesystem initialization failed" error
Date Mon, 04 May 2009 12:53:32 GMT
I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago with 0.19.1. Had to reformat
the cluster too...

On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 3:50 PM, Stas Oskin <stas.oskin@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi.
> After rebooting the NameNode server, I found out the NameNode doesn't start
> anymore.
> The logs contained this error:
> "FSNamesystem initialization failed"
> I suspected filesystem corruption, so I tried to recover from
> SecondaryNameNode. Problem is, it was completely empty!
> I had an issue that might have caused this - the root mount has run out of
> space. But, both the NameNode and the SecondaryNameNode directories were on
> another mount point with plenty of space there - so it's very strange that
> they were impacted in any way.
> Perhaps the logs, which were located on root mount and as a result, could
> not be written, have caused this?
> To get back HDFS running, i had to format the HDFS (including manually
> erasing the files from DataNodes). While this reasonable in test
> environment
> - production-wise it would be very bad.
> Any idea why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it in the future?
> I'm using the stable 0.18.3 version of Hadoop.
> Thanks in advance!

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