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From "Suresh Srinivas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-4921) Create a web page to display the namenode features and whether they are turned on or off
Date Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:16:23 GMT
Suresh Srinivas created HDFS-4921:
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             Summary: Create a web page to display the namenode features and whether they
are turned on or off
                 Key: HDFS-4921
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4921
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Improvement
    Affects Versions: 3.0.0
            Reporter: Suresh Srinivas


The only way to determine a feature is turned on or off is to look at namenode logs or configuration.
Some time when features change/modified (short circuit for example), the corresponding log
message changes or goes from info to debug etc. Logs are not a reliable way to programmatically,
for example in tests, to determine if a feature is turned on/off.

Also when debugging issues, routinely I have to ask for configuration to determine if the
feature is turned on or off and hope that the configuration provided is the correct one loaded
in the namenode.

While namenode does provide config it has loaded over http, some times either due to poor
documentation or lack of understanding of configuration mechanism, people may not be able
to determine if a state of the feature. I propose adding a web page that shows all that we
print today in the logs, that feature status and the corresponding configuration values and
feature status. This should also be made available over JMX and JMX http, just like all the
other namenode webUI info, so that scripts and other programs can consume it.

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