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From "Robert Chansler (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-240) Should HDFS restrict the names used for files?
Date Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:49:14 GMT

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Robert Chansler commented on HDFS-240:
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For reference, here is the Zookeeper rule:

Any unicode character can be used in a path subject to the following constraints:

* The null character (\u0000) cannot be part of a path name. (This causes problems with the
C binding.)
* The following characters can't be used because they don't display well, or render in confusing
ways: \u0001 - \u0019 and \u007F - \u009F.
* The following characters are not allowed: \ud800 -uF8FFF, \uFFF0-uFFFF, \uXFFFE - \uXFFFF
(where X is a digit 1 - E), \uF0000 - \uFFFFF.
* The "." character can be used as part of another name, but "." and ".." cannot alone be
used to indicate a node along a path, because ZooKeeper doesn't use relative paths. The following
would be invalid: "/a/b/./c" or "/a/b/../c".
* The token "zookeeper" is reserved.


> Should HDFS restrict the names used for files?
> ----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-240
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-240
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Robert Chansler
>
> When reviewing the consequences of Hadoop:6017 (the name system could not start because
a file name interpreted as a regex caused a fault), the discussion turned to improving the
test set for file system functions by broadening the set of names used for testing. Presently,
HDFS allows any name without a slash. _Should the space of names be restricted?_ If most funny
names are unintended, maybe the user would benefit from an early error indication. A contrary
view is that restricting names is so 20th-century.
> Should be or shouldn't we?

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