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From "Mithun Radhakrishnan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (MAPREDUCE-5065) DistCp should skip checksum comparisons if block-sizes are different on source/target.
Date Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:17:11 GMT
Mithun Radhakrishnan created MAPREDUCE-5065:
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             Summary: DistCp should skip checksum comparisons if block-sizes are different
on source/target.
                 Key: MAPREDUCE-5065
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-5065
             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: distcp
    Affects Versions: 0.23.5, 2.0.3-alpha
            Reporter: Mithun Radhakrishnan
            Assignee: Mithun Radhakrishnan


When copying files between 2 clusters with different default block-sizes, one sees that the
copy fails with a checksum-mismatch, even though the files have identical contents.

The reason is that on HDFS, a file's checksum is unfortunately a function of the block-size
of the file. So you could have 2 different files with identical contents (but different block-sizes)
have different checksums. (Thus, it's also possible for DistCp to fail to copy files on the
same file-system, if the source-file's block-size differs from HDFS default, and -pb isn't
used.)

I propose that we skip checksum comparisons under the following conditions:
1. -skipCrc is specified.
2. File-size is 0 (in which case the call to the checksum-servlet is moot).
3. source.getBlockSize() != target.getBlockSize(), since the checksums are guaranteed to differ
in this case.

I have a patch for #3.

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