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From "Daryn Sharp (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-227) hadoop dfs -find feature
Date Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:18:22 GMT

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Daryn Sharp commented on HDFS-227:
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I see a few problems with relying on an adjunct ruby script for finds.  For one, it requires
ruby being installed on systems.  Second, it requires hadoop to certify which versions of
ruby we support and/or have tested.  Maybe these aren't big issue but it's something to keep
in mind.

I'm more worried about needing it to be kept in sync with hadoop releases.  That could be
solved by adopting the script into the core, but it's still another moving piece that needs/should
be kept in sync with FsShell semantics and output.

The redesigned shell in 23 will make adding a find a rather easy task.  I've long been meaning
to add find but haven't had the cycles.  In fact, yesterday I was really wishing I had find.
                
> hadoop dfs -find feature
> ------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-227
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-227
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Marco Nicosia
>
> Both sysadmins and users make frequent use of the unix 'find' command, but Hadoop has
no correlate. Without this, users are writing scripts which make heavy use of hadoop dfs -lsr,
and implementing find one-offs. I think hdfs -lsr is somewhat taxing on the NameNode, and
a really slow experience on the client side. Possibly an in-NameNode find operation would
be only a bit more taxing on the NameNode, but significantly faster from the client's point
of view?
> The minimum set of options I can think of which would make a Hadoop find command generally
useful is (in priority order):
> * -type (file or directory, for now)
> * -atime/-ctime-mtime (... and -creationtime?) (both + and - arguments)
> * -print0 (for piping to xargs -0)
> * -depth
> * -owner/-group (and -nouser/-nogroup)
> * -name (allowing for shell pattern, or even regex?)
> * -perm
> * -size
> One possible special case, but could possibly be really cool if it ran from within the
NameNode:
> * -delete
> The "hadoop dfs -lsr | hadoop dfs -rm" cycle is really, really slow.
> Lower priority, some people do use operators, mostly to execute -or searches such as:
> * find / \(-nouser -or -nogroup\)
> Finally, I thought I'd include a link to the [Posix spec for find|http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/utilities/find.html]

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