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From "Hairong Kuang (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HDFS-903) NN should verify images and edit logs on startup
Date Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:09:30 GMT

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Hairong Kuang commented on HDFS-903:
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Any progress on this?

If this is done, HDFS-1458 could check if primary NN has changed its image or not by simply
fetching the primary NN's image's checksum and compares it to the 2nd NN's image's checksum.

> NN should verify images and edit logs on startup
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-903
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-903
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: name-node
>            Reporter: Eli Collins
>            Assignee: Eli Collins
>            Priority: Critical
>
> I was playing around with corrupting fsimage and edits logs when there are multiple dfs.name.dirs
specified. I noticed that:
>  * As long as your corruption does not make the image invalid, eg changes an opcode so
it's an invalid opcode HDFS doesn't notice and happily uses a corrupt image or applies the
corrupt edit.
> * If the first image in dfs.name.dir is "valid" it replaces the other copies in the other
name.dirs, even if they are different, with this first image, ie if the first image is actually
invalid/old/corrupt metadata than you've lost your valid metadata, which can result in data
loss if the namenode garbage collects blocks that it thinks are no longer used.
> How about we maintain a checksum as part of the image and edit log and check those on
startup and refuse to startup if they are different. Or at least provide a configuration option
to do so if people are worried about the overhead of maintaining checksums of these files.
Even if we assume dfs.name.dir is reliable storage this guards against operator errors.

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