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From "Arpit Agarwal (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4489) Use InodeID as as an identifier of a file in HDFS protocols and APIs
Date Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:20:14 GMT

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Arpit Agarwal commented on HDFS-4489:
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If the long is encoded as a variable length byte array, it should take a long time to exceed
4-5 bytes. With minimal effort & complexity, the memory increase would nominally be cut
in half for many deployments.
{quote}
This would save space when serializing the fsImage. I am not sure if we can reduce in-memory
usage below the size of a primitive long since the byte array is an object.
                
> Use InodeID as as an identifier of a file in HDFS protocols and APIs
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4489
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4489
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: namenode
>            Reporter: Brandon Li
>            Assignee: Brandon Li
>
> The benefit of using InodeID to uniquely identify a file can be multiple folds. Here
are a few of them:
> 1. uniquely identify a file cross rename, related JIRAs include HDFS-4258, HDFS-4437.
> 2. modification checks in tools like distcp. Since a file could have been replaced or
renamed to, the file name and size combination is no t reliable, but the combination of file
id and size is unique.
> 3. id based protocol support (e.g., NFS)
> 4. to make the pluggable block placement policy use fileid instead of filename (HDFS-385).

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