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From "Colin Patrick McCabe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4504) DFSOutputStream#close doesn't always release resources (such as leases)
Date Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:49:12 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-4504:
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Another issue we could hit here is that if we temporarily can't talk to the NameNode, we could
get an IOException when calling {{DFSOutputStream#completeFile}}.  This is another case where
we will "leak" the lease.

We should retry the complete RPC periodically in case we are going through e.g. a NameNode
failover, or just general network problems.
                
> DFSOutputStream#close doesn't always release resources (such as leases)
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4504
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4504
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>
> {{DFSOutputStream#close}} can throw an {{IOException}} in some cases.  One example is
if there is a pipeline error and then pipeline recovery fails.  Unfortunately, in this case,
some of the resources used by the {{DFSOutputStream}} are leaked.  One particularly important
resource is file leases.
> So it's possible for a long-lived HDFS client, such as Flume, to write many blocks to
a file, but then fail to close it.  Unfortunately, the {{LeaseRenewerThread}} inside the client
will continue to renew the lease for the "undead" file.  Future attempts to close the file
will just rethrow the previous exception, and no progress can be made by the client.

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