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From "Brian Dougan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-8367) LoadIncrementalHFiles does not return an error code or throw Exception when failures occur due to timeouts.
Date Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:07:22 GMT
Brian Dougan created HBASE-8367:

             Summary: LoadIncrementalHFiles does not return an error code or throw Exception
when failures occur due to timeouts.
                 Key: HBASE-8367
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-8367
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: mapreduce
    Affects Versions: 0.92.2, 0.92.1
         Environment: Red Hat 6.2 
Java 1.6.0_26
Hadoop 2.0.0-mr1-cdh4.1.1
HBase 0.92.1-cdh4.1.1
            Reporter: Brian Dougan
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 0.94.7

The LoadIncrementalHFiles (completebulkload) command will exit with a success code (or lack
of Exception) when one or more of the HFiles fail to be imported through a few ways (mainly
when timeouts occur).  Instead, it simply logs error messages to the log which makes it difficult
to automate the import of HFiles programmatically.   

The heart of the LoadIncrementalHFiles class (doBulkLoad) returns void and has essentially
the following structure.

try {
    } finally {
      if (queue != null && !queue.isEmpty()) {
        StringBuilder err = new StringBuilder();
        err.append("Bulk load aborted with some files not yet loaded:\n");
        for (LoadQueueItem q : queue) {
          err.append("  ").append(q.hfilePath).append('\n');

As you can see, instead of returning an error code, a success indicator, or simply throwing
an Exception, an error message is sent to the log.  This results in something like the following
in the logs.

Bulk load aborted with some files not yet loaded:

Without some sort of indication, it's not currently possible to chain this command to another
or to programmatically consume this class and be certain of a successful import.

This class should be enhanced to return non-success in whatever way makes sense to the community.
 I don't really have a strong preference, but one of the following should work fine (at least
for my needs).
* boolean return value on doBulkLoad (non-zero on run method)
* Response object on doBulkLoad detailing the files that failed (non-zero on run method)
* throw Exception in the finally block when files failed after the error is written to the
log (should automatically cause non-zero on run method)

It would also be nice to get this to the 0.94.x stream so it get included in the next Cloudera
release.  Thanks!

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