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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MAPREDUCE-2094) org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat: isSplitable implements unsafe default behaviour that is different from the documented behaviour.
Date Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:26:34 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on MAPREDUCE-2094:
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Changing the default implementation to return false would be an incompatible change, potentially
breaking existing subclasses.  Making the method abstract would also be incompatible and break
subclasses, but in a way that they'd easily detect.

Perhaps the javadoc should just be clarified to better document this default?

> org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat: isSplitable implements unsafe
default behaviour that is different from the documented behaviour.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAPREDUCE-2094
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAPREDUCE-2094
>             Project: Hadoop Map/Reduce
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: task
>    Affects Versions: 0.20.1, 0.20.2, 0.21.0
>            Reporter: Niels Basjes
>
> When implementing a custom derivative of FileInputFormat we ran into the effect that
a large Gzipped input file would be processed several times. 
> A near 1GiB file would be processed around 36 times in its entirety. Thus producing garbage
results and taking up a lot more CPU time than needed.
> It took a while to figure out and what we found is that the default implementation of
the isSplittable method in [org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat | http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/hadoop/mapreduce/trunk/src/java/org/apache/hadoop/mapreduce/lib/input/FileInputFormat.java?view=markup
] is simply "return true;". 
> This is a very unsafe default and is in contradiction with the JavaDoc of the method
which states: "Is the given filename splitable? Usually, true, but if the file is stream compressed,
it will not be. " . The actual implementation effectively does "Is the given filename splitable?
Always true, even if the file is stream compressed using an unsplittable compression codec.
"
> For our situation (where we always have Gzipped input) we took the easy way out and simply
implemented an isSplittable in our class that does "return false; "
> Now there are essentially 3 ways I can think of for fixing this (in order of what I would
find preferable):
> # Implement something that looks at the used compression of the file (i.e. do migrate
the implementation from TextInputFormat to FileInputFormat). This would make the method do
what the JavaDoc describes.
> # "Force" developers to think about it and make this method abstract.
> # Use a "safe" default (i.e. return false)

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