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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4403) DFSClient can infer checksum type when not provided by reading first byte
Date Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:14:13 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HDFS-4403:
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Hi Suresh. I don't see how that would be incompatible. You can add or remove defaults and
maintain compatibility as far as I can imagine. What client/server combination would not work
given this change?
                
> DFSClient can infer checksum type when not provided by reading first byte
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4403
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4403
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: hdfs-client
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.2-alpha
>            Reporter: Todd Lipcon
>            Assignee: Todd Lipcon
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: hdfs-4403.txt
>
>
> HDFS-3177 added the checksum type to OpBlockChecksumResponseProto, but the new protobuf
field is optional, with a default of CRC32. This means that this API, when used against an
older cluster (like earlier 0.23 releases) will falsely return CRC32 even if that cluster
has written files with CRC32C. This can cause issues for distcp, for example.
> Instead of defaulting the protobuf field to CRC32, we can leave it with no default, and
if the OpBlockChecksumResponseProto has no checksum type set, the client can send OP_READ_BLOCK
to read the first byte of the block, then grab the checksum type out of that response (which
has always been present)

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