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From "Lars Hofhansl (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-3370) HDFS hardlink
Date Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:31:23 GMT

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Lars Hofhansl commented on HDFS-3370:
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Is anybody working on a patch for this?
If not, I would not mind picking this up (although I can't promise getting to this before
the end of the month).

                
> HDFS hardlink
> -------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-3370
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3370
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Hairong Kuang
>            Assignee: Liyin Tang
>         Attachments: HDFS-HardLink.pdf
>
>
> We'd like to add a new feature hardlink to HDFS that allows harlinked files to share
data without copying. Currently we will support hardlinking only closed files, but it could
be extended to unclosed files as well.
> Among many potential use cases of the feature, the following two are primarily used in
facebook:
> 1. This provides a lightweight way for applications like hbase to create a snapshot;
> 2. This also allows an application like Hive to move a table to a different directory
without breaking current running hive queries.

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