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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-4019) FSShell should support creating symlinks
Date Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:54:02 GMT
Colin Patrick McCabe created HDFS-4019:
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             Summary: FSShell should support creating symlinks
                 Key: HDFS-4019
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4019
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: tools
    Affects Versions: 2.0.3-alpha
            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
            Priority: Minor


FSShell should support creating symlinks.  This would allow users to create symlinks from
the shell without having to write a Java program.

One thing that makes this complicated is that FSShell currently uses FileSystem internally,
and symlinks are currently only supported by the FileContext API.  So either FSShell would
have to be ported to FileContext, or symlinks would have to be added to FileSystem.  Or perhaps
we could open a FileContext only when symlinks were necessary, but that seems messy.

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