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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-245) Create symbolic links in HDFS
Date Thu, 17 Sep 2009 23:59:57 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HDFS-245:
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I was of the opinion that using Exceptions keeps the code cleaner and easy to read. But you
raise a good question "what if HDFS was written in C, would we use setjmp/longjmp"?  Definitely
no.  I am beginning to come round to the fact that the code looks cleaner when we use Exceptions
just because of the deficiencies of the current API. 

Also, is there any *performance* difference between throwing an exception vs returning a status
code? 

> Create symbolic links in HDFS
> -----------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-245
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-245
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: dhruba borthakur
>            Assignee: Eli Collins
>         Attachments: 4044_20081030spi.java, HADOOP-4044-strawman.patch, symlink-0.20.0.patch,
symLink1.patch, symLink1.patch, symLink11.patch, symLink12.patch, symLink13.patch, symLink14.patch,
symLink15.txt, symLink15.txt, symLink4.patch, symLink5.patch, symLink6.patch, symLink8.patch,
symLink9.patch
>
>
> HDFS should support symbolic links. A symbolic link is a special type of file that contains
a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path and that
affects pathname resolution. Programs which read or write to files named by a symbolic link
will behave as if operating directly on the target file. However, archiving utilities can
handle symbolic links specially and manipulate them directly.

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