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From "Eli Collins (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (HDFS-3492) fix some misuses of InputStream#skip
Date Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:08:35 GMT

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Eli Collins updated HDFS-3492:
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          Component/s: name-node
     Target Version/s: 2.0.1-alpha
    Affects Version/s: 2.0.0-alpha
    
> fix some misuses of InputStream#skip
> ------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-3492
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3492
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: name-node
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0-alpha
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HDFS-3492.001.patch, HDFS-3492.002.patch, hdfs-3492.txt
>
>
> It seems that we have a few cases where programmers are calling InputStream#skip and
not handling "short skips."  Unfortunately, the skip method is documented and implemented
so that it doesn't actually skip the requested number of bytes, but simply tries to skip at
most that amount of bytes.  A better name probably would have been trySkip or similar.
> It seems like most of the time when the argument to skip is small enough, we'll succeed
almost all of the time.  This is no doubt an implementation artifact of some of the popular
stream implementations.  This tends to hide the bug-- however, it is still waiting to emerge
at some point if those implementations ever change or if buffer sizes are adjusted, etc.
> All of these cases can be fixed by calling IOUtils#skipFully to get the behavior that
the programmer expects-- i.e., skipping by the specified amount.

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