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From "E. Sammer (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-3723) All commands should support meaningful --help
Date Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:33:35 GMT
E. Sammer created HDFS-3723:
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             Summary: All commands should support meaningful --help
                 Key: HDFS-3723
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3723
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: scripts, tools
    Affects Versions: 2.0.0-alpha
            Reporter: E. Sammer


Some (sub)commands support -help or -h options for detailed help while others do not. Ideally,
all commands should support meaningful help that works regardless of current state or configuration.

For example, hdfs zkfc --help (or -h or -help) is not very useful. Option checking should
occur before state / configuration checking.
{code}

[esammer@hadoop-fed01 ~]# hdfs zkfc --help
Exception in thread "main" org.apache.hadoop.HadoopIllegalArgumentException: HA is not enabled
for this namenode.
        at org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.tools.DFSZKFailoverController.setConf(DFSZKFailoverController.java:122)
        at org.apache.hadoop.util.ToolRunner.run(ToolRunner.java:66)
        at org.apache.hadoop.util.ToolRunner.run(ToolRunner.java:84)
        at org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.tools.DFSZKFailoverController.main(DFSZKFailoverController.java:168)
{code}

This would go a long way toward better usability for ops staff.

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