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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 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:40:50 GMT

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Colin Patrick McCabe commented on HDFS-4504:
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I don't think adding a new RPC would be too bad.  It would be very similar to recoverLease.

bq. But may be difficult to handle "suppose you have two threads, T1 and T2. They both have
a client name of C." case since client is same.

I think we should do this in HDFS-4688 rather than trying to solve it here.
                
> 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
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>         Attachments: HDFS-4504.001.patch, HDFS-4504.002.patch, HDFS-4504.007.patch, HDFS-4504.008.patch,
HDFS-4504.009.patch, HDFS-4504.010.patch, HDFS-4504.011.patch
>
>
> {{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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