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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (HDFS-487) HDFS should expose a fileid to uniquely identify a file
Date Tue, 14 Jul 2009 22:09:14 GMT

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dhruba borthakur updated HDFS-487:
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    Attachment: fileid1.txt

This patch implements a 64 bit fileid per file. It uses the already existing generation stamp
counter to populate this field. 

One major question that is unanswered by this patch: what to do with files that were created
by older versions of hadoop. I think a good answer will be assign them unique fileids.

> HDFS should expose a fileid to uniquely identify a file
> -------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-487
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-487
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: dhruba borthakur
>            Assignee: dhruba borthakur
>         Attachments: fileid1.txt
>
>
> HDFS should expose a id that uniquely identifies a file. This helps in developing  applications
that work correctly even when files are moved from one directory to another. A typical use-case
is to make the Pluggable Block Placement Policy (HDFS-385) use fileid instead of filename.

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