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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-3004) Implement Recovery Mode
Date Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:39:27 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-3004:
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Todd said:

bq. Am I reading this wrong, or is the logic backwards? It seems like the first prompt allows
you to say "continue, skipping bad edit", but doesn't call continue (thus applying the bad
edit). The second one gives you the choice "continue, applying edits" but does skip the bad
one.

The logic isn't backwards, but the prompts possibly could be phrased better.

Basically, we NEVER want to apply a transaction that has a lower or equal ID to the previous
one.  That's why the ''continue'' is there in the else clause.  We will try to recover from
an edit log with gaps in it, though.  (That is sort of the point of recovery).

I'll see if I can phrase the prompts better.
                
> Implement Recovery Mode
> -----------------------
>
>                 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-3004.010.patch, HDFS-3004.011.patch, HDFS-3004.012.patch, HDFS-3004.013.patch,
HDFS-3004.015.patch, HDFS-3004.016.patch, HDFS-3004.017.patch, HDFS-3004.018.patch, HDFS-3004.019.patch,
HDFS-3004.020.patch, HDFS-3004.022.patch, HDFS-3004.023.patch, HDFS-3004.024.patch, HDFS-3004.026.patch,
HDFS-3004.027.patch, HDFS-3004.029.patch, HDFS-3004.030.patch, HDFS-3004.031.patch, HDFS-3004.032.patch,
HDFS-3004.033.patch, HDFS-3004__namenode_recovery_tool.txt
>
>
> When the NameNode metadata is corrupt for some reason, we want to be able 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.
> Recovery mode is initialized by the system administrator.  When the NameNode starts up
in Recovery Mode, it will try to load the FSImage file, apply all the edits from the edits
log, and then write out a new image.  Then it will shut down.
> Unlike in the normal startup process, the recovery mode startup process will be interactive.
 When the NameNode finds something that is inconsistent, it will prompt the operator as to
what it should do.   The operator can also choose to take the first option for all prompts
by starting up with the '-f' flag, or typing 'a' at one of the prompts.
> I have reused as much code as possible from the NameNode in this tool.  Hopefully, the
effort that was spent developing this will also make the NameNode editLog and image processing
even more robust than it already is.

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