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From "Jesse Yates (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-4448) HBaseTestingUtilityFactory - pattern for re-using HBaseTestingUtility instances across unit tests
Date Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:14:26 GMT

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Jesse Yates commented on HBASE-4448:

Doug, had the same thoughts you did on whether or not all the classes really need to have
all the region servers, etc. 

With the reusability, in some cases I have some doubts about what is actually practical. In
some cases (eg. coproc), they are doing a bunch of configuration on the table, which has implications
on whether or not the table/cluster can be immediately/concurrently reused.

There are a couple things we could do to make usage easier.

(1) A lot of times people are setting the configuration statically, so we want to remove that
if people are going to reuse it (though different jvms solves that for the moment).

(2) Create unique clusters - these would not be cached and really good for situations where
people are injecting faults, etc.

(3) Add some modularization for table configuration etc - a lot seems to be setting up properties
for the db, but really making properties that you are just testing on some table. This may
be a little pie in the sky...

(4) Reset properties method - so are allowed to make changes to a table when you use it, but
then when done/released, we just reset the properties/config.

> HBaseTestingUtilityFactory - pattern for re-using HBaseTestingUtility instances across
unit tests
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-4448
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-4448
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Doug Meil
>            Assignee: Doug Meil
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HBaseTestingUtilityFactory.java, hbase_hbaseTestingUtility_uses_2011_09_22.xlsx
> Setting up and tearing down HBaseTestingUtility instances in unit tests is very expensive.
 On my MacBook it takes about 10 seconds to set up a MiniCluster, and 7 seconds to tear it
down.  When multiplied by the number of test classes that use this facility, that's a lot
of time in the build.
> This factory assumes that the JVM is being re-used across test classes in the build,
otherwise this pattern won't work. 
> I don't think this is appropriate for every use, but I think it can be applicable in
a great many cases - especially where developers just want a simple MiniCluster with 1 slave.

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