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From "Yongjun Zhang (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-12357) Let NameNode to bypass external attribute provider for special user
Date Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:41:00 GMT
Yongjun Zhang created HDFS-12357:

             Summary: Let NameNode to bypass external attribute provider for special user
                 Key: HDFS-12357
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-12357
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Yongjun Zhang

This is a third proposal to solve the problem described in HDFS-12202.

The problem is, when we do distcp from one cluster to another (or within the same cluster),
in addition to copying file data, we copy the metadata from source to target. If external
attribute provider is enabled, the metadata may be read from the provider, thus provider data
read from source may be saved to target HDFS. 

We want to avoid saving metadata from external provider to HDFS, so we want to bypass external
provider when doing the distcp (or hadoop fs -cp) operation.

Two alternative approaches were proposed earlier, one in HDFS-12202, the other in HDFS-12294.
The proposal here is the third one.

The idea is, we introduce a new config, that specifies a special user (or a list of users),
and let NN bypass external provider when the current user is a special user.

If we run applications as the special user that need data from external attribute provider,
then it won't work. So the constraint on this approach is, the special users here should not
run applications that need data from external provider.

Thanks [~asuresh] for proposing this idea and [~chris.douglas], [~daryn], [~manojg] for the
discussions in the other jiras. 

I'm creating this one to discuss further.

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