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From Harsh J <ha...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: Get Current Block or Split ID, and using it, the Block Path
Date Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:21:42 GMT

The "part" in the default filename stands for "partition". In some
cases I agree you would not mind viewing them as a singular file
instead of having to read directories - but there are also use cases
where you would want each partition file to be unique cause you
partitioned and processed them that way.

In any case, cause HDFS lists files in sorted order you can use the
"fs -getmerge" to get them out as one file if that suits your
application. There is also a on-HDFS concat feature in Hadoop 2.x
(formerly 0.23.x).

On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:04 AM, JAX <jayunit100@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a related question about blocks related to this....Normally, a reduce job outputs
several files, all in the same directory.
> But why? Since we know that Hadoop is abstracting our file for us, shouldn't the part-r-****
outputs ultimately be  thought of as a single file?
> What is the correspondence between the
> Part-r-0000
> Part-r-0001
> .....
> Outputs from a reducer, and the native blocks stored by Hfds (if any).
> Jay Vyas
> On Apr 8, 2012, at 2:00 PM, Harsh J <harsh@cloudera.com> wrote:
>> Deepak
>> On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM, Deepak Nettem <deepaknettem@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Is it possible to get the 'id' of the currently executing split or block
>>> from within the mapper? Using this block Id / split id, I want to be able
>>> to query the namenode to get the names of hosts having that block / spllit,
>>> and the actual path to the data.
>> You can get the list of host locations for the current Mapper's split
>> item via: https://gist.github.com/2339170 (or generally from a
>> FileSystem object via https://gist.github.com/2339181)
>> You can't get block IDs via any available publicly supported APIs.
>> Therefore, you may consider getting the local block file path as an
>> unavailable option too.
>>> I need this for some analytics that I'm doing. Is there a client API that
>>> allows doing this?  If not, what's the best way to do this?
>> There are some ways to go about it (I wouldn't consider this
>> impossible to do for sure), but I'm curious what your 'analytics' is
>> and how it correlates with needing block IDs and actual block file
>> paths - Cause your problem may also be solvable by other,
>> pre-available means.
>> --
>> Harsh J

Harsh J

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