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From "Xiaobing Zhou (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Work started] (HDFS-9763) Add merge api
Date Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:10:40 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-9763?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Work on HDFS-9763 started by Xiaobing Zhou.
> Add merge api
> -------------
>                 Key: HDFS-9763
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-9763
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: fs
>            Reporter: Ashutosh Chauhan
>            Assignee: Xiaobing Zhou
> It will be good to add merge(Path dir1, Path dir2, ... ) api to HDFS. Semantics will
be to move all files under dir1 to dir2 and doing a rename of files in case of collisions.
> In absence of this api, Hive[1] has to check for collision for each file and then come
up unique name and try again and so on. This is inefficient in multiple ways:
> 1) It generates huge number of calls on NN (atleast 2*number of source files in dir1)
> 2) It suffers from TOCTOU[2] bug for client picked up name in case of collision.
> 3) Whole operation is not atomic.
> A merge api outlined as above will be immensely useful for Hive and potentially to other
HDFS users.
> [1] https://github.com/apache/hive/blob/release-2.0.0-rc1/ql/src/java/org/apache/hadoop/hive/ql/metadata/Hive.java#L2576
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_check_to_time_of_use

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