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From Harsh J <ha...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: Recommended way to check if namenode already formatted
Date Thu, 09 Aug 2012 23:41:06 GMT

A NameNode can be considered 'formatted' if its up (it does not start

If you mean to check if the NameNode has been _freshly_ formatted,
then checking the count of "hadoop fs -ls /" to be non-zero may help,
cause by default the NameNode carries no files.

$ hadoop fs -ls / | wc -l

On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 4:34 AM, Stephen Boesch <javadba@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,  what's your take?   I was thinking to check if a certain always-present
> file exists  via a  hadoop dfs -ls <file> .  Other suggestions  welcome.
> thanks
> stephenb

Harsh J

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