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From "dhruba borthakur (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-245) Create symbolic links in HDFS
Date Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:10:16 GMT

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dhruba borthakur commented on HDFS-245:

The FileContext API is not yet clearly baked as far as I can tell. I would like the FileSystem
API to do the right thing about symlinks untill the time we deprecate it and make aps avoid
FileSystem completely. I think we should avoid making apps use FileContext if they want to
use symlinks. If one is worried about how existing apps behave in the presence of symlinks,
then that adminstrator can set dfs.support.symlinks to false. This is a server side config
that prevents the creation of symlinks. 

distcp and har should avoid following symlinks by default. I will create a JIRA that will
make these utilities support an option to allow following symlinks.

@Robert: I udnerstand your concern about day-zero behaviour. will it satisfy you if dfs.support.symlinks
is set to false by default?

@Allen: fsck just reports the number of symlinks it found. It does not follow them. Also,
this patch does not implement "chown -h (POSIX) and chown -H, chown -L, and chown -P (SVID?)".
Can I implement them in a subsequent JIRA?

> 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: dhruba borthakur
>         Attachments: 4044_20081030spi.java, designdocv1.txt, 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, symlink16-common.patch, symlink16-hdfs.patch,
symlink16-mr.patch, symlink17-common.txt, symlink17-hdfs.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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