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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-3889) distcp overwrites files even when there are missing checksums
Date Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:45:10 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-3889:
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Let's call case #1 the "pre-copy check," and case #2 the "post-copy check."

The problem with trying to force everyone to do the pre-copy check unconditionally is that
not everyone can do it efficiently.  What if the source and destination clusters have different
checksum types, or one of the checksums is missing?  You have to fall back on a slow strategy
of computing your own checksum on one or both sides.
                
> distcp overwrites files even when there are missing checksums
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-3889
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-3889
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: tools
>    Affects Versions: 2.2.0-alpha
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Priority: Minor
>
> If distcp can't read the checksum files for the source and destination files-- for any
reason-- it ignores the checksums and overwrites the destination file.  It does produce a
log message, but I think the correct behavior would be to throw an error and stop the distcp.
> If the user really wants to ignore checksums, he or she can use {{-skipcrccheck}} to
do so.
> The relevant code is in DistCpUtils#checksumsAreEquals:
> {code}
>     try {
>       sourceChecksum = sourceFS.getFileChecksum(source);
>       targetChecksum = targetFS.getFileChecksum(target);
>     } catch (IOException e) {
>       LOG.error("Unable to retrieve checksum for " + source + " or " + target, e);
>     }
> {code}

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