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From "Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE (Created) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-3154) Add a notion of immutable/mutable files
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:46:30 GMT
Add a notion of immutable/mutable files
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                 Key: HDFS-3154
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3154
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: name-node
            Reporter: Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE
            Assignee: Tsz Wo (Nicholas), SZE


The notion of immutable file is useful since it lets the system and tools optimize certain
things as discussed in [this email thread|http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/hadoop-hdfs-dev/201203.mbox/%3CCAPn_vTuZomPmBTypP8_1xTr49Sj0fy7Mjhik4DbcAA+BLH53=g@mail.gmail.com%3E].
 Also, many applications require only immutable files.  Here is a proposal:

- Immutable files means that the file content is immutable.  Operations such as append and
truncate that change the file content are not allowed to act on immutable files.  However,
the meta data such as replication and permission of an immutable file can be updated.  Immutable
files can also be deleted or renamed.
- Users have to pass immutable/mutable as a flag in file creation.  This is an unmodifiable
property of the created file.
- If users want to change the data in an immutable file, the file could be copied to another
file which is created as mutable.

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