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From "Suresh Srinivas (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-3004) Create Offline NameNode recovery tool
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:09:46 GMT

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Suresh Srinivas commented on HDFS-3004:
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Colin, good writeup.

Lets consider two scenarios:
# The last entry in the editlog is corrupt (most likely because process is not shutdown cleanly).
# The editlog entry in the middle is corrupt, followed by clean entries (very unlikely).

The first one is easy to handle. The recovery tool prints an error with information about
the total size of the editlog and the offset where an error is encountered. If it is close
enough to the end of the file, then operator knows only last few records are not valid.

For the second one, one may not be able to continue to read the edits at all, past that point.
How can we handle this? We could add periodic markers in the editlog and skip to the next
marker on this type of error. Still, it is possible that the namespace is inconsistent that
we cannot load the edits.

Typcially Namenode is configured to store edits in multiple directories. The tool should handle
this. If one of the copies is corrupt and the other is not, it should indicate the same.
                
> Create Offline NameNode recovery tool
> -------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-3004
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3004
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: tools
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>         Attachments: HDFS-3004__namenode_recovery_tool.txt
>
>
> We've been talking about creating a tool which can process NameNode edit logs and image
files offline.
> This tool would be similar to a fsck for a conventional filesystem.  It would detect
inconsistencies and malformed data.  In cases where it was possible, and the operator asked
for it, it would try to correct the inconsistency.
> It's probably better to call this "nameNodeRecovery" or similar, rather than "fsck,"
since we already have a separate and unrelated mechanism which we refer to as fsck.
> The use case here is that the NameNode data is corrupt for some reason, and we want to
fix it.  Obviously, we would prefer never to get in this case.  In a perfect world, we never
would.  However, bad data on disk can happen from time to time, because of hardware errors
or misconfigurations.  In the past we have had to correct it manually, which is time-consuming
and which can result in downtime.
> I would like to reuse as much code as possible from the NameNode in this tool.  Hopefully,
the effort that is spent developing this will also make the NameNode editLog and image processing
even more robust than it already is.
> Another approach that we have discussed is NOT having an offline tool, but just having
a switch supplied to the NameNode, like "—auto-fix" or "—force-fix".  In that case, the
NameNode would attempt to "guess" when data was missing or incomplete in the EditLog or Image--
rather than aborting as it does now.  Like the proposed fsck tool, this switch could be used
to get users back on their feet quickly after a problem developed.  I am not in favor of this
approach, because there is a danger that users could supply this flag in cases where it is
not appropriate.  This risk does not exist for an offline fsck tool, since it would have to
be run explicitly.  However, I wanted to mention this proposal here for completeness.

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