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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-3876) NN should not RPC to self to find trash defaults (causes deadlock)
Date Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:25:08 GMT
Todd Lipcon created HDFS-3876:
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             Summary: NN should not RPC to self to find trash defaults (causes deadlock)
                 Key: HDFS-3876
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3876
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: name-node
    Affects Versions: 3.0.0, 2.2.0-alpha
            Reporter: Todd Lipcon
            Priority: Blocker


When transitioning a SBN to active, I ran into the following situation:
- the TrashPolicy first gets loaded by an IPC Server Handler thread. The {{initialize}} function
then tries to make an RPC to the same node to find out the defaults.
- This is happening inside the NN write lock (since it's part of the active initialization).
Hence, all of the other handler threads are already blocked waiting to get the NN lock.
- Since no handler threads are free, the RPC blocks forever and the NN never enters active
state.

We need to have a general policy that the NN should never make RPCs to itself for any reason,
due to potential for deadlocks like this.

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